Still a Second Class Citizen
Following the Constitutional Court's decision, adherents of non-mainstream faiths are still subjected to discrimination. The government's plan to issue two types of national IDs is criticized.
NUGROHO, 44, is not a Muslim. Since childhood, the resident of the Wirobrajan village, Yogyakarta, has followed the Sumarah faith centered on one's submission to God. Nugroho is the grandson of Raden Ngabehi Soekino Hartono, who founded Sumarah in 1935.
But for over a quarter of a century, Nugroho has been recorded as a Muslim on his ID card (KTP). He says he entered the word "Islam" in the religion column to avoid lengthy bureaucracy. Besides, he...