Jakarta demands justice for a dead Indonesian domestic worker in Penang

The Indonesian government is demanding justice for an Indonesian migrant worker who died after being abused by her employer in Penang, Malaysia, according to The Jakarta Post Online on Tuesday (Feb 13).

Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said she had coordinated with the Indonesian Embassy in Malaysia and the Indonesian Consular General in Penang to demand justice for Adelina Lisao.

The victim died in Bukit Mertajam hospital on Sunday (Feb 11) after allegedly being tortured for more than a month by her employer and forced to sleep outside with the family’s Rottweiler.

Retno said that what happened to Adelina could not be accepted.

She disclosed that the Malaysian authorities had moved to investigate the case whereas the Penang chief minister had sent a letter of condolences to Indonesia on Monday.

Earlier, the Star reported that Adelina had swollen bumps on her head and face as well as injuries to her arms and legs.  She was seen sitting on the porch of her employer’s house the day before she died and appeared too terrified to respond to rescuers.

The victim’s employer, a 36-year old woman and her brother have been detained by the police for questioning and police are looking for a third person believed to be involved in the case.