A startling allegation has surfaced in a Surabaya newspaper about a member of the Kelantan royal household, who is said to have ‘abducted and abused’ his 17-year-old Indonesian model wife.
According to the Surya newspaper today, the family of Manohara Odelia Pinot are now in the dark as to her whereabouts and fear for her safety.
They also claimed that the French Indonesian model, who was named as one of the country’s top models by an international magazine, was cut with a razor blade by her husband.
Her mother, Daisy Fajarina, said the royalty had forcefully taken her daughter away in a private jet from Saudi Arabia, where the family had gone to perform the umrah (minor pilgrimage) last month.
Manohara’s family was invited to perform the umrah between Feb 25 and March 9 in order to reconcile with the royalty.
Daisy claimed that her daughter had fled to Indonesia after complaining of frequent abuse by her 31-year-old husband, “whom she married last August after being raped by the man” a year earlier, when she was 15.
In December 2006, Daisy and Manohara were invited to attend a dinner with Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and this was where the model had met her husband.
However, the report did not state where the dinner was held.
Najib expected to be grilled
“My first impression of him (her son-in-law) was that he was a nice person and I even considered him as my son,” said Daisy.
The anguished mother said she had filed a complaint with the Indonesian embassy in Jeddah after the incident.
She had also tried to come to Malaysia to track down her daughter but alleged that she was denied entry on the “request of the Kelantan palace.”
Daisy, who claims to have evidence of her daughter being abused, had also sought the help of the Indonesian Foreign Ministry.
“I feel like dying, but I have to be strong for my daughter. I cannot imagine what has happened to her,” she was quoted as saying by the newspaper.
“My child has been tortured, her chest has been cut with a razor. This is what people in the palace who were sympathetic with our plight have told me,” she added.
Najib, who will be in Indonesia tomorrow for a two-day visit, is expected to be grilled by the local media on this issue.