Title of Article: 9-month Jail Term for Maid Abuse
Published: April 30th, 2015 7:41 AM
This article is about a tutor called Low Gek Hong, who reportedly abused her maid over three months, facing nine months of jail term and also to pay a compensation of $5000 to the Myanmar helper. As the Straits Times reports:
"Low, who is appealing, had pleaded guilty almost two years ago to six counts of maid abuse, with another 12 charges, which included criminal intimidation and insulting modesty, taken into consideration during sentencing."
It was only on February 22, 2012 did she manage to seek help from her neighbour, who called the police. By then she was already left with serious injuries, including a broken left finger, multiple scratch and bite marks on her skin etc.
After reading this article, I feel really shocked how this heartless woman actually treat her Myanmar maid with such cruelty. The maid must have suffered from a serious physical and mental torture, and I'm glad that at least she is safe now.
This tutor is a very heartless person. She does not care about the maids feelings when she hurts her physically and verbally. The tutor lives in her comfortable world, while her maid has to live in fear of her abusive mistress and suffer both physically and mentally for that. I do feel, that despite the fact that the maid could accidentally make some mistakes at some time, but since she was here to help her do the house chores, then it is definitely not right for her to return this by hurting her. The tutor shall thus face justice and the punishment she deserves.
I'm sure the Myanmar maid came to Singapore so that she can work hard and earn more money to support her family back in her country, but it is really unfortunate that has has to face such situations which hurt her physically and emotionally. I am really glad, however, that the maid is able to escape this "siege" and she is able to be protected by the law. She should receive much more compensation from the culprit, to compensate for probably not giving her enough pay to feed her family, and for the "damage" the tutor has done to her.