Indonesian teen model escapes ‘abusive’ Malaysian prince
JAKARTA, June 1, 2009 (AFP) - A teenage US-Indonesian model has returned to her family in Indonesia with tales of abuse, rape and torture at the hands of a Malaysian prince, after her dramatic escape with the help of Singapore police.
Manohara Odelia Pino, 17, told reporters she was treated like a sex slave after her marriage to Tengku Temenggong Mohammad Fakhry, the prince of Malaysia’s Kelantan state, last year.
Her mother, Daisy Fajarina, said she would press charges against the prince and blamed the Malaysian and Indonesian governments for trying to cover up the abuse.
“The things I’ve been afraid of were revealed to be true. Manohara has suffered physical abuse. She’s got several razor cuts on her chest,” Fajarina told AFP on Monday.
“I will sue him. No parent could be silent if their child was treated in such a barbaric way.”
The Malaysian government had ignored her pleas for access to her daughter and had blocked her from entering the country, she said, while the Indonesian embassy had said that Manohara was fine with her new husband.
But the young woman - a well-known socialite in Jakarta - said her life at the royal palace involved a “daily routine” of rape, abuse, torture and drug injections which made her vomit blood.
“I am still traumatised by all that happened and it has left an impact on me,” she told reporters in Jakarta on Sunday, after escaping the royal family during a trip to Singapore over the weekend.
“Sexual abuse and sexual harassment were like a daily routine for me, and he did that every time I did not want to have sexual intercourse,” she was quoted as saying in The Jakarta Globe.
“I could never think a normal man could do such things,” she said, adding: “Some parts of my body were cut by a razor.”
She said she was forced to pretend she was happy with the prince and to attend social functions with him as his happy young bride.
“Every time I went for events they forced me to smile and would torture me if I did not do what they said,” she told the press conference.
She said she secretly called Singaporean police and pleaded for help after the royal family took her to the city state when they accompanied Fakhry’s father, Sultan Ismail Petra Shah II, for medical treatment.
A spokesman for the Indonesian foreign ministry said the government would help Manohara if she wanted to file charges against her husband.
She has already filed for divorce.
There has been no comment from the Kelantan royal family or the Malaysian government.