Saudi Arabia has executed an Indonesian woman who killed her rapist.
Tuti Tursilawati who was working in the city of Ta’if was found guilty in 2011 of killing her employer’s father. She was just executed over the weekend in October 2018, by Saudi Arabia.
The President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo contacted Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister, Adel al-Jubeir, demanding to know why he, or the country wasn’t informed of the execution.
President Widodo said,
‘We have called Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister and conveyed our protest,’
It’s been the fourth time Saudia Arabia didn’t notify Indonesia before executing an Indonesian migrant worker.
The woman was absolutely and extremely traumatized. Tursilawati was raped by her employer’s father. After being raped, she managed to get away from the employer. She was then raped 9 different times, by 9 different Saudi men. After being raped so many times, she lost it and went to find the father of her employer, and killed him by beating time to death with a stick. The police found her and took her into custody, and was charged with Premeditated Murder.
The 9 different men have all been charged and processed separately.
A statement was released saying
“It is true that Tuti had been harassed, but not when she committed the murder,”
Indonesian’s are currently expressing extreme rage towards the situation. They’re also surprised, because 2 weeks ago on October 19th, Tuti was allowed to speak to her mother, and seemed very happy, healthy, and unworried.
Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi immediately called her Saudi counterpart Adel bin Ahmed Al Jubeir and expressed disapproval of the execution. After she was just notified on Monday, she said
“Tuti’s execution was carried out without [prior notification]. I also summoned the Saudi ambassador [Usamah Muhammad Al Syuaiby] in Jakarta to meet me in Bali,”
Abidin Fikri, a member of Indonesia’s parliament said,
‘The kingdom of Saudi Arabia has ignored principles of human rights, including a right for everyone to live,’