One woman in Jakarta went to great lengths to inflict vengeance on her husband for his alleged infidelity, with the very visible result of her work going viral on social media today.
The wife, whose identity is not known, strategically spread posters featuring the names of her husband, who is supposedly an official at the Ministry of State-owned Enterprises (BUMN), and his alleged mistress, as well as details about their supposed affair.
One such poster was put up at the Dukuh Atas TransJakarta bus stop in Jakarta. The poster features a collage of the alleged mistress, who she referred to as a “pelakor” (an Indonesian portmanteau for perebut laki orang, meaning a woman who steals another woman’s man).
“Recognize the slut’s face,” the poster reads.
Another poster spilled the tea on the alleged affair, including details on her husband and his alleged mistress’ identities down to his position and workplace.
The posters have become a source of amusement on social media in Indonesia recently, with one particular tweet containing photos of the posters having been shared over 6,000 times since it was posted two days ago.
The word pelakor has been very popular in Indonesia for the past year or so thanks to viral stories like this and constant media exposure to celebrity gossip and drama. However, as argued in an excellent opinion piece in The Conversation published last year, pelakor stories tend to position women as the ones at fault while men are generally ignored in the narrative of infidelity.