KUALA LUMPUR: The family of Indonesian domestic helper Adelina Lisao, 21, who died following alleged abuse and mistreatment by her employers here, is demanding compensation for their loss.
According to a report by the Jakarta Post yesterday, Adelina’s family claims that she was never paid her salary since beginning her employment in 2015.
“We demand that Adelina’s salary for three years be paid. Don’t justify withholding her salary because she was unregistered.
“The amount of money does not matter. (It) is still her right (to be paid),” said her aunt, Petronela Koa, while waiting for her remains to arrive at the El Tari Airport in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara.
The family also claim that two people had allegedly recruited and sent Adelina to work illegally in Malaysia.
The duo in question has since been arrested by local police for forging Adelina's documents. The papers indicate that Adelina was six years older that her actual age of 17 when she was sent to Penang three years ago.
Meanwhile, preparations are being made to lay Adelina’s body to rest in her home town today.
It was reported that Adelina was rescued by police last Saturday following suspected repeated abuse by her employers.
She died at 4.45pm on Sunday while being treated at the Bukit Mertajam Hospital. A post mortem revealed that she died from multiple organ failure related to anaemia.
When found at her employer’s home at Taman Kota Permai, Bukit Mertajam, Adelina had severe injuries on her head and face, and infected wounds on her hands and legs.
The case, which was initially investigated under Section 324 of the Penal Code for voluntarily causing hurt, may be probed under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder, pending results of the ongoing police investigation.
Three people have been detained so far to assist in the probe.