Discrimination has existed in some form or another since the dawn of civilization. Even in the modern workplace, for instance, job applicants are sometimes denied a position simply due to their age, gender, race or, in the case of potential Papuan police recruits, their penis size.
The province of Papua lies on the easternmost island of Indonesia and literally sits right next to the independent country of New Guniea. Although it hosts a traditional bureaucracy directed by the Indonesian republican, Papua is in fact chiefly dominated by various Papuan tribes who have for years been struggling for freedom.
Regardless, the men of these Papuan tribes are obsessed with their penis. Many of them either wear a koteka (penis gourd) or, better yet, have had their penises enlarged via naturopathic means. To be more precise, Papuan men will wrap their penis with leaves from the “gatal-gatal” (itchy) tree, thereby causing it to swell “like it has been stung by a bee,” said Dr. Boyke Dian, a sexologist interviewed by the Jakarta Globe.
From this moment forward, however, potential police recruits who have had their penis enlarged, whether by conventional or alternative medicine, will be denied a job in Papua’s police force. Papuan police chief Bekto Suprapto publicly announced that police applicants “will be asked whether or not his vital organ has been enlarged.” If they answer yes, then they “will be considered unfit to join the police or military.”
According to Bekto, an enlarged penis can cause a “hindrance during training.” This comment begs the question: what type of training are these men being forced to endure? Unless it involves a batch of scantily clad women shaking their badunkadunks, a man’s enlarged or diminutively undersized penis has no bearing on his ability to perform the duties of a police officer. Or does it?
Understanding this unusual ruling demands that we analyze what Digital Journal describes as the “asymmetrical struggle between local separatist groups [the Papuan tribes) and the central government,” which has been trying diligently to once in for all permanently squash the separatist movement.
By introducing a clause preventing men who have modified their penis in some form or another from becoming police officers, the Indonesian government has successfully barred most of the local male populace in Papua from taking part in anything even remotely related to ‘law and order’. Essentially, they’ve just struck another blow to the separatist movement—all via a simple mandate regarding a man’s “vital organ.”