Maids – followup
It’s not a coincidence because it happens all the time here. One day after my Maids blog, the news ran an article on yet another maid being physically abused by her employer. This 21 year old Indonesian maid was beaten, scratched, had her head bashed against a wall for a total of 80 incidents over a 10 month period. Her violations were such things as falling asleep on a bus, not putting the right books into the kids backpacks, mixing the chili wrong….
The employer was a 28 year old woman. I continue to wonder how these people end up believing that they have a right to torture their maids. Just who the hell do they think they are? It’s happening all the time and it appears that no one takes it seriously because the courts continue to hand down very lenient sentences. Already the court in this case has taken all but 7 of the offences into “consideration” which means that the bitch employer will only be tried for those 7.
Watch the news. I bet she gets a matter of weeks in jail and a small fine. In other words, it’s not so bad to beat up on your maid in Singapore.
In my mind, anyone convicted of abusing their maid, even once, should not be allowed to employ another maid EVER. If that was the set sentence, perhaps employers would think twice. I also think that caning should apply in these cases, even when the abuser is a woman. (This whole thing of caning only men, and only using corporal punishment with male students is a bunch of crap.) But that ain’t gonna happen. It is no surprise to me that periodically a maid will kill her employer. If THAT happened more often maybe the employers would also think twice.
As much as I admire Singapore’s judicial system, I think they are totally missing the boat in these cases.