Dubai court hears claims of torture
A woman subjected her maid to an appalling catalogue of abuse during which she pushed scissors into her ear and poured boiling water over her, a court was told.
The Jordanian housewife, 33, appeared at Dubai Court of First Instance yesterday accused of assault leading to permanent disability. She denied the charges.
The alleged victim, a 28-year-old Indonesian woman, was left with hearing problems after the assaults, she said.
The abuse came to light when the maid left the villa in Jebel Ali and fled to the Indonesian Consulate on January 25 of this year.
The maid said that she had worked for the defendant since 2013 and was subject to persistent abuse.
She told prosecutors: “She used to hit me with her hands for any mistake, once she even bit me and pulled my hair. She also poured boiling water on my body.”
The maid said that she decided to escape but would be typically locked in the villa when her employer was out. She continued: “She’d hit me By Ali Al Shouk with a knife and kitchen tools, she didn’t pay my salary. Once she stuck scissors in my left ear and banged my head on the wall. I can’t hear now.”
A 49-year-old consulate employee also gave testimony and said: “She arrived on a Thursday and said she ran away because her sponsor’s wife was abusing her all the time and didn’t pay her salary.”
A medical report showed bruises and burn marks on the maid’s body and head. Signs of bites mark on her shoulders were also registered.
The defendant denied the charges. She gave no alternative explanation as to what had happened, but said she would lock the woman inside her room at night because she feared for her children’s safety. Judge Fahad Al Shamsi adjourned the case until next month.