Wife of Suspect in Gender Case Just Wants Her Husband Back
Jane Deviyant shook her head outside the Pondok Bambu women's penitentiary in East Jakarta, where her husband has been detained for almost two weeks now. 'I'm heart-broken,' the 23-year-old deaf woman said in broken Indonesian on Wednesday. 'Why must my husband be inside?'
Alterina Hofan, the husband she married in Las Vegas last year, has been detained inside the women's prison for allegedly falsifying his identity. Alter, 32, claimed he was born a boy but because his male genitalia did not develop properly when he was a baby, his mother decided to register him as female, dressing him up and raising him as a girl.
He says, however, that he grew up thinking he was a boy. It was only when he was in his teens did his genitals finally develop.
Jane's mother, Maria Grace, reported Alter to the police for having a false birth certificate. He is to face trial in South Jakarta District Court on Monday. 'My parents never want to know how I feel,' Jane said, wiping tears from her cheek.
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