Jakarta Globe, Rahmat | September 30, 2010
Makassar. At least 20 children have reported an orphanage owner and his wife to the Somba Opu police subprecinct in Gowa district, claiming that the couple had starved and beaten them on numerous occasions.
In their statement to the police, the children, aged 5 to 17, said that the owners, Aisah and Abdul Azis, of the Auliah Orphanage, often beat them up for no apparent reason, at one point not provided them with any food for four straight days, and on other occasions provided them with just instant noodles.
“The noodles were expired, causing the children to vomit,” said First. Insp. Kasri, the subprecinct’s police chief of detectives. "The children in their statement point out they felt tortured, and suffered a lot in that orphanage."
Aisah, however, denied the allegations and said the children were being used by a third party.
“They have been provoked to file a police report by that other party,” Aisah said, but refused to elaborate on the identity of who she was referring to.
“Nothing stated in the report is true. It is also not true that we never fed them. We have enough rice stored in our barn yard. So it makes no sense at all,” Aisah said, while showing the barnyard to the reporters.
She said both she and her husband were ready to face the police should they be called in for questioning.