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  • ross1948 13:17 on November 9, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Ojo Lali – Poor Sumarti Ningsih! 

    Just spun through the news from The Old Country, and for once, maybe the only time this year, I have to applaud the BBC, for outstanding coverage of that pretty but poor Indonesian girl we featured a year ago.

    A Broken Butterfly – RIP Ningsih… 

    Ningsih, murdered, her corpse left to decompose in a suitcase.

    Ojo lali is Javanese for ‘don’t forget.’

    But who remembers her, this lovely girl brutally killed by a rich slob in Hong Kong?

    Read on, please…  


    In the two years since her death nobody from the Indonesian government has visited them. And no-one took the time to tell them that the trial was even on. They learned that from reporters.

    When the BBC arrived at their home ahead of the verdict, the family were out working in their rice fields.

    They were surprised to learn this was the day the man who killed their daughter would be convicted.


    Sumarti's family
    The family expressed surprise when the BBC told them of the case’s latest developments
    Well said, Rebecca Henschke, of BBC Indonesia!
    And applause also for her other words, on the contrast with the media circus – to which, I must admit, I’ve paid little attention – about the murder in a posh cafe in one of uptown Jakarta’s glitzy malls –Jessica Kumolo sentenced to 20 years in jail for murder  – one privileged young female poisoning a friend (!) over some infantile boy-friend issue.
    That trial was broadcast live on all the major news channel and both families were given hours of coverage.
    As said already, I didn’t watch that stuff.  
    But I do remember Ningsih.  


  • ross1948 21:12 on November 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    A Broken Butterfly – RIP Ningsih… 

     Having more than a few times expressed my concerns at what happens to those many young Indonesian girls who travel abroad to seek their ‘fortune’ – or at least the chance to live a more prosperous life than what’s available back in their Javanese kampungs – I was appalled to read about what happened to poor Ningsih, in Hong Kong.

    Murdered, her corpse left to decompose in a suitcase.

    What in God’s name can possess anyone to do this to anyone, let alone a pretty young girl?



    The confirmed Indonesian victim has been identified as 25-year-old Sumarti Ningsih, from Cilacap, Central Java. http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/11/03/both-slain-women-hk-could-be-indonesian-govt.html

    Unlike many of the girls I’ve written about who come to grief overseas, Ningsih was apparently a bar-girl, a hooker.

    So? She was a prostitute? What the media now, for some reason, call a’ sex-worker?’ One sees them in every bar in Jakarta, some nice, some not so nice, and, like all the other kampung kids who come to the big city, seeking a path out of poverty. Indonesians call them kupu2 malam – night butterflies.  

    Her livelihood in no way lessens the magnitude of the crime against her,  the brutal way her life was snuffed out.

    RIP, Ningsih.


    • Euis 13:12 on November 5, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Now we are reading that the two of the dead women are from indonesia. It is very sad what happens to them.
      I agree with Ningsih’s father, the man who killed them must be executed. If she is my child, I will say the same like him.


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