Newspaper article International New York Times

Yudhoyono Vows Justice in Abuse Case

Newspaper article International New York Times

Yudhoyono Vows Justice in Abuse Case

Article excerpt

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Tuesday promised to help the family overcome its ordeal and added that the case made him angry.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono joined thousands of Indonesian migrant workers abroad and at home on Tuesday in expressing outrage at the alleged torture of an Indonesian maid by her Hong Kong employer.

In his first publicized comments on the case, Mr. Yudhoyono insisted that "the law will be upheld" during a phone call with the maid, Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, and her father, Rohmad Saputra, at her hospital room in the central Java town of Sragen. Ms. Erwiana, 23, returned to Indonesia this month and is being treated for physical abuse.

"Mr. Rohmad, I am sad and concerned that this tragedy has happened to your daughter," Mr. Yudhoyono was quoted as saying by reporters allowed into the hospital room during the phone call, according to The Associated Press. The president promised to help the family overcome its ordeal and added that the case made him angry.

Mr. Yudhoyono's comments came a day after the police in Hong Kong arrested a 44-year-old woman in connection with the alleged abuse of Ms. Erwiana. On Sunday, thousands of foreign domestic workers staged a protest in the city in her support.

Ms. Erwiana's case drew attention after photos circulated last week among Indonesians in Hong Kong, and then within Indonesia, showing injuries she had suffered, including scabs, cuts and bruises on her face, hands and legs. She was allegedly physically abused over an eight-month period and denied her monthly salary, and was unable to walk when she returned home.

On Tuesday, police investigators from Hong Kong interviewed Ms. Erwiana in her hospital room. During his phone call with her, Mr. Yudhoyono said he had communicated with government officials in Hong Kong several times to insist on safe conditions for Indonesian migrant workers, whose numbers there have swelled in recent years. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.