5 Apr 2020
Cilincing, Jakarta Utara (Indonesia)
TDoR list ref: tgeu/7-Apr-2020/Mira
Mira was burnt alive by a mob after a truck driver accused her of stealing his phone and wallet. She died in hospital.
A 42-year-old trans woman was brutally beaten then burned alive by gang members who had accused her of theft in North Jakarta, Indonesia, reports say.
The victim, named locally as Mira, was reportedly accused of stealing a phone and wallet from a truck driver who had parked near her house in Cilincing, a coastal neighbourhood in the city, on April 4.
Mira was then reportedly surrounded by members of a mob who accused her of theft and proceeded to pummel her. After they could not find the possessions, they are said to have poured around two litres of gasoline on her.
A friend of the victim who said they witnessed the attack, named Orin, claimed the gang members work as informal security guards for trucks that park in the neighbourhood. Orin alleged that a gang member, after assaulting the victim and splashing the gasoline on her, held up a matchstick.
They reportedly asked her: “Will you confess? If not, I will burn you”. A second gang member then dropped a lighter on Mira, setting her on fire, according to reports.
Medics and locals rushed Mira to Koja General Regional Hospital in the Koja district of North Jakarta. However on April 5 at midday, she was pronounced dead.