UPDATED: Indonesian Official Who Claimed ‘Strong Sperms’ can Impregnate In Swimming Pools Finally Sacked

A Child Protection official in Indonesia who claimed that women could get pregnant by swimming in a pool that contains “strong sperm” has been sacked.

Switch Nigeria had reported in February that Sitti Hikmawatty, who works as an official at Indonesia’s Child Protection Commission, said there could be pregnancy without penetration

Commisioner Sitti.

Sitti who was once a university professor told journalists then that, “There’s a certain kind of sperm that is very strong. Even without penetration, men may become sexually excited (by women in the pool) and ejaculate, therefore causing a 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.

An Indonesian doctor who is also a blogger, who goes by the alias Blog Dokter, had said in response to her comments, “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.”

Two month’s later, her comments have gotten her a sack. This came after a three-man committee was set up to decide what penalties to give her, after which Indonesian President Joko Widodo signed an order to remove her from her post.

In a failed bid to continue in office, Hikmawatty, after she apologised, tried using the lingering COVID-19 pandemic as leverage.

She said, “Mr President, there’s a common enemy we must face together, allow me to finish my child protection efforts during the pandemic.”

Before her sack, Sitti Hikmawatty was the Comissioner for Health, Narcotics and Addictive Substances at the Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI).

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