Bandung. Activists say the government needs to educate the public on the importance of first aid following revelations that murdered Bandung woman Fransisca Yofie had been left to bleed for over an hour after being found by local residents.
“The government, including police, should educate the public and give them training to improve their awareness and response to any crime or acts of violence,” said M. Jaya, founder of local organization the Crime Prevention Community.
Results from an autopsy conducted on Sisca shows she initially survived the attack but eventually died of blood loss, suggesting she may have been saved had appropriate help been given immediately.
Aside from suffering from extensive bruising and an open wound on the back of her head, she also suffered a stab wound on her forehead, a forensic team from the Hasan Sadikin Hospital in Bandung said.
“There are many veins in the head that [if severed] can cause major bleeding,” team leader Noorman Herryadi told the Jakarta Globe on Sunday.
Reza, 30, who lives near the crime scene, said he saw Sisca being dragged and eventually abandoned by her killers at the Abra Cipedes Field in Bandung on Aug. 5.
He and a few other people approached the victim, who was still alive, but decided to leave her be due to fears they would be blamed as the perpetrators if they touched the victim.
“We were scared, because the police hadn’t conducted a reconstruction. We decided to wait until the police came, we were scared they might think we did it,” he said.
But after 90 minutes, police had still not arrived. Onlookers then decided to help Sisca and take her to hospital using a nearby resident’s car.
“I helped carry her body while she was still breathing. There was movement in her nose, her hands covered her wounded chest,” Reza said. Sisca died on the way to the hospital, which was a 15-minute drive from the scene.
“They should have immediately given her help and taken her to the hospital while she was still alive,” Noorman said. He said Indonesians were by nature reluctant to involve themselves in such incidents, but needed to understand the importance of doing so.
Jaya said the residents’ fear was understandable, but added they should have prioritized wellbeing over legal concerns.
“If a crime victim was still alive, how can you let them die just because you think helping would ruin the crime scene?”