There is hope in humanity, after all.
A Tegallalang student, Gianyar, who recently stole money from a temple to pay her unpaid school fees is likely to be off the hook as police have expressed their desire to solve the case using a restorative justice approach.
Tegallalang Police Chief I Ketut Sudita said 15-year-old ESP told authorities that after stealing IDR 170,000 (US$11.45) from a sesari (donation box) at a temple in Sebatu village on Monday, the money was immediately used to pay for her school fees.
“[She] paid IDR 170,000 to attend a training program at school. [If she didn’t] Pay, [she] would not be able to participate in the training,” Sudita said.
ESP confessed to breaking the sesari and seizing the money. She told authorities that not being able to pay her school fees embarrassed her in front of her friends.
According to police, ESP’s parents are divorced and left her in the care of her grandparents when she was four years old. Each parent remarried.
“[ESP’s] grandmother passed away and grandfather is a farmer who often gets sick,” Sudita said.
Sudita said police have scheduled a meeting between village chiefs and child protection agencies next Monday to find amicable solutions for everyone involved in the case.
“We’re doing our best,” said Sudita, who has also pledged to personally cover all of ESP’s tuition until she graduates.