Jakarta (ANTARA) - Minister of Women's Empowerment and Child Protection Bintang Puspayoga visited a domestic worker, who was an abuse victim receiving medical care at the Said Sukanto Central Police Hospital here.

"The Ministry of Women's Empowerment and Child Protection condemns the physical and mental abuse case against a domestic worker at an apartment in Simprug (South Jakarta)," Puspayoga noted as per the statement on Saturday.

The victim was abused by perpetrators, comprising the employer and his spouse, their children, and other workers. The abuse took place at an apartment in Simprug, South Jakarta.

The victim had been working in the apartment as a maid for the past six months and was reportedly tortured over the past three months after she was accused of stealing her employer's underwear.

The minister said that the victim was left with physical injury and mental trauma after surviving the abuse.

She added that the ministry would ensure the fulfilment of the victim's rights and synergy with relevant ministries and institutions to ensure the case will be concluded properly.

Collaboration has been forged between Said Sukanto Hospital and the Jakarta provincial Women Empowerment and Children Integrated Service Centre Unit (UPT P2TP2A) to assist the victim's physical and mental recovery, she noted.

"Moreover, the assistance would be offered not only to the victim but also to the victim's family, who fight for the victim since the case was first uncovered until the victim recovers and resumes her life," Puspayoga emphasized.

For the legal process against the perpetrators, she said that the ministry will coordinate with the Police Criminal Investigation Agency's Women and Child Protection Unit, the Greater Jakarta Police, and Central Java's Pemalang Police.

Pemalang District in Central Java is the hometown of the victim. The abuse only came to light after the victim returned to her hometown with injuries.

"We also commended the Pemalang Police, who have worked promptly and coordinated with the Greater Jakarta Police to follow up on the case. To date, nine perpetrators have been put behind bars," Puspayoga remarked.

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