On October 27, 2021, a female student entered the office of Syafri Harto, the dean of the political science school at Indonesia’s universitas swasta di bandung beserta jurusannya Riau in Pekanbaru, and her thesis supervisor. She said she was stunned when Syafri started flirting with her, gesturing and saying “I love you,” before eventually putting his hands on her shoulder. He then allegedly kissed her cheeks and asked her to kiss his lips. She said she pushed him away and left the room.
She asked the school’s head and secretary to assign her to a different thesis supervisor but said the two men dismissed her story, saying that it was “a small matter” and asked her to just meet with Syafri. They also advised her to remain silent about her accusation because it might “break up Syafri’s marriage.” She spent a week pushing back against the school. Meanwhile, Syafri, who had learned about her complaint from the lecturers, texted her, writing that the incident was “a father-and-daughter thing”.