Singaporean couple convicted of abusing, punching and punching Indian house help with heated tongs

Singapore: Although quite unfortunate, cases of wealthy families mistreating and physically abusing young women employed as domestic workers have become extremely common. In one such case, a local court in Singapore convicted a couple for physically abusing their Indian maid and causing her immeasurable pain and injury.Also Read – Mumbai Man Beats His Wife And Lets Her Bleed Because He Didn’t Like The Taste Of The Khichdi She Cooked

According to a PTI report, 30-year-old Mandeep Kaur was employed by Mohammad Tasleem and his wife Farha Tehseen on a two-year contract for a salary of SGD 400 (USD 287) per month in November 2016.

However, the tortures soon began when Farha mistreated her and beat her with objects like a rolling pin, a shower head, a broomstick, and a pair of heated tongs. After suffering abuse and trauma, she finally escaped the house on December 31, 2016, when the couple were away by climbing onto a window sill in their apartment.

When the case reached court, the couple denied the charges, saying Kaur’s injuries were due to her uneven skin tone or marks suffered while working in the fields in India, or by accident.

They also claimed that Kaur performed poorly at her job, was illiterate, lacked integrity and had a bad attitude.

However, the claims turned out to be false and Farha was convicted of 10 counts of willfully injuring the maid, while Tasleem was convicted of two similar charges for punching the victim in the face and the size.

For each count of self-harm, they can be sentenced to imprisonment for up to two years, a fine of up to SGD 5,000 (US $ 3,589), or both.

(With PTI inputs)

Christina A. Kroll

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