Dubai court hears claims of tor­ture

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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.

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