After deliberation, Jakarta police place transgender in women’s lock-up

Lucinta Luna’s passport identifies her as male while her identity card indicates her gender is female. (Instagram pic/lucintaluna)

JAKARTA: Indonesian singer Lucinta Luna, who has been arrested for alleged drug abuse, will be placed in a women’s lock-up.

According to Metro Jaya police public relations chief Yusri Yunus, Lucinta whose birth name is Muhammad Fatah, 30, has undergone gender reassignment surgery.

“The suspect is still under investigation and according to the South Jakarta Court, Lucinta’s latest ID released in December 2019 indicates her status as female,” he said.

Lucinta was arrested at 1.30am on Tuesday at her apartment in Thamrin City, Central Jakarta, along with three friends for alleged abuse of ecstasy.

Yesterday, according to local media, after completing the investigation and before proceeding with legal action, police faced a dilemma as to whether to place the singer in a women’s or men’s lock-up as the suspect’s Indonesian passport identifies her as male while her ID indicates she’s female.

“It is an old passport. Lucinta will be placed in a lock-up in the Metro Jaya police’s female block. The suspect has admitted to abusing drugs and has confessed to using the pills for the past five months.

“According to the 2009 drug abuse laws, if convicted she could be sentenced to a maximum of five years’ (prison),” Yusri said.