An Indonesian senior official is facing increasing calls for resignation, over her claims that “an especially strong type of male sperm” could impregnate women in swimming pools.
Sitti Hikmawatty, an executive member of Indonesian Child Protection Commission KPAI made these claims in an interview with a local online news site Tribun Jakarta last week.
She claimed a strong type of male sperm could impregnate women in swimming pools even without physical penetration, as men may become sexually excited by the sight of women in the pool, then ejaculate; thereby causing pregnancy.
“If women are in a phase where they are sexually active, [such a pregnancy] may occur. No one knows for sure how men react to the sight of women in a swimming pool,” she added
According to a local publication, Indonesian Doctors Association (IDI) said, it would be “impossible” for pregnancy to occur in the manner ascribed to Hikmawatty.
Dr. Nazar, an executive with the Association said: “The water in swimming pools contain chlorine and other chemicals. Sperm cannot survive in these conditions”.
A popular medical practitioner known as a Blog Doctor also chimed in,
“Once again, I remind you, if you do not understand health problems, it’s better to be quiet. Instead of your comments causing anxiety and panic.
“I will emphasise here, swimming with the opposite sex will not cause pregnancy. Not all men who swim ejaculate and sperm cannot live in chlorinated pool water, let alone swim into the vagina.”
Following the backlash from the public and medical professionals and calls for her resignation, Ms Hikmawatty issued an apology on sunday.
“I apologise to the public for giving an incorrect statement. It was a personal statement and not from KPAI. I hereby revoke the statement,” she said. “I plead with all parties not to disseminate it further or even make it available.”
The organisation she represents has also distanced itself from her claims, Reports said.