Jakarta (ANTARA) - Women's Empowerment and Child Protection Ministry's Deputy for Women's Rights Protection, Ratna Susianawati, stated that cases of violence experienced by domestic helpers are still rampant.

"Torture, captivity, slavery, and so on are repeatedly experienced by domestic helpers. These cases are found in the communities," she remarked here on Monday.

Susianawati underscored the importance of prioritizing legal processes on the cases of violence against domestic helpers, so similar cases can be minimized and have a deterrent effect on the perpetrators.

"The point is that everyone has a similar position before the law, so there should be no difference in treatment, both towards ordinary people and authorities," she stressed.

She affirmed that the ministry is striving to ensure the fulfillment of rights of women and victims of violence in order to reduce the number of cases.

She said that the president has given a directive to prioritize the fulfillment of women's rights, aligning with Presidential Regulation No. 7 of 2023, namely providing final referral services for women who are victims of violence.

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The referral services require coordination across national, provincial, and international stakeholders.

It was recently reported that an employer family in the East Jakarta area had committed violence against five domestic helpers.

Four of the victims were children, while one was an adult woman.

The ministry, along with Jakarta's Technical Implementation Unit for Women and Children Protection (UPT PPA), has provided safe shelter and psychosocial assistance for the victims.

"We, along with UPT PPA Jakarta, will continue to ensure the protection and fulfillment of victims' rights," Susianawati remarked.

Susianawati said the ministry will continue to oversee the case handling process and ensure protection and recovery for the victims.

"We strongly condemn domestic violence that results in harm, both physically and psychologically," she stated.

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