Saturday April 16, 2011JOHOR BARU: A 37-year-old Indonesian woman was locked up in a room for about a week and tortured by her boyfriend until the state Immigration Department came to her rescue.
Apparently, her 26-year-old boyfriend, a Myanmar national, had been jealous of her friendship with other men.
State Immigration Department enforcement deputy director Gajendra Bahadur said it was discovered that the boyfriend and a Bangladeshi housemate had covered the windows in the room to ensure neighbours could not see the woman.
“We received a tip-off from the public who heard the woman crying for help,” he said, adding that the enforcement officers raided the rented house in Tampoi here at 1pm on Thursday.
Gajendra said the officers broke into the locked room and found the woman who had bruises on her hand and body.
“When we conducted the raid, the boyfriend tried to escape in a taxi but our officers managed to stop the vehicle,” he said.
The 25-year-old housemate, who was in the house, was also detained.
“After speaking to the woman, our officers found out she had been locked up by her boyfriend who did not want her to meet other men,” he said, adding that the couple had met about six months ago.
In another case, the department's officers raided a car wash centre in Bandar Baru Uda here and detained six Indonesians, including two women, aged between 18 and 28 for not having proper documentation.
Gajendra said those detained would be investigated under Section 39(B) of the Immigration Act and Section 6(1) (c) of the same Act.