. China News .

Hong Kong couple jailed for 'inhumane' abuse of Indonesian maid
by Staff Writers
Hong Kong (AFP) Sept 18, 2013

A Hong Kong couple were jailed Wednesday for a shocking string of attacks on their Indonesian domestic helper, including burning her with an iron and beating her with a bike chain.

Tai Chi-wai, 42, and his 41-year-old wife Catherine Au subjected their former maid Kartika Puspitasari to a two-year campaign of violence and humiliation, labelled "cruel" and "inhumane" by the trial judge.

The 30-year-old was also assaulted with clothes hangers and a paper cutter.

Protesters outside court Wednesday held a placard dubbing the couple "Mr and Mrs Evil" and called the city to "End the social exclusion of foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong!"

Hong Kong is home to nearly 300,000 maids from mainly southeast Asian countries, predominantly Indonesia and the Philippines with growing criticism from rights groups over their treatment.

Judge So Wai-tak, who described the attacks on Puspitasari as "repeated and continual", sentenced Tai, a salesman by profession, to three years and three months in prison for one count each of assault causing actual bodily harm and wounding.

Au, a hospital assistant, was given five-and-a-half years for two charges of assault causing actual bodily harm and four counts of wounding, three of them with intent.

In a courtroom packed with rights activists, Indonesian migrant workers groups, reporters, and representatives from the city's Indonesian consulate, the judge described the couple as "breaching integrity" and committing a "serious offence".

But he found them not guilty of a charge of false imprisonment over the allegation that the couple left the maid without food or water after tying her to a chair and forcing her to wear a diaper while they went on five-day vacation.

Both the accused, who had denied all the charges and remained impassive in court, were jailed immediately after the verdict.

"Employers and employees in Hong Kong should resolve differences through patience and tolerance," So said, adding that the couple's actions may damage the city's image as a safe place to work.

"The sentence is too light. The couple did this together," Sring Atin, vice chairperson of Indonesian Migrant Workers Union, told AFP.

"I hope this is the last time it happens. But the guarantee comes from the government which has to reform its policies to better protect us," she said.

During the two year period when she was employed, Puspitasari said that she received no salary, was banned from talking to anyone and could not leave the couples' residence.

Puspitasari, who worked in Singapore for seven years before coming to Hong Kong, sought refuge at the Indonesian consulate in Hong Kong after fleeing her employers.

The defence had accused her of lying, citing a history of disputes over the her wages.

A union representing domestic workers held a protest in March to call for an end to a policy which requires foreign maids to live with their employers, saying the rule exposes them to assault and sexual harassment.

In the same month two Filipina maids lost their bid for permanent residency in Hong Kong after working in the city for more than 20 years.

Other categories of workers from foreign countries can gain permanent residency after seven years.

The standard wage for domestic workers is just under HK$4,000 ($515) a month for a six-day week.


Related Links
China News from SinoDaily.com

Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Memory Foam Mattress Review

Newsletters :: SpaceDaily Express :: SpaceWar Express :: TerraDaily Express :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

Get Our Free Newsletters
Space - Defense - Environment - Energy - Solar - Nuclear


Bo Xilai verdict to be issued Sunday: Chinese court
Beijing (AFP) Sept 18, 2013
The corruption verdict against fallen Chinese politician Bo Xilai will be issued Sunday, the court that tried him said, potentially drawing to a close the Communist party's worst scandal in years. Bo, 64, was once tipped for membership of China's most powerful political body and his downfall exposed the ruling party to allegations of graft at a senior level. The scandal added to division ... read more

Romania delays decision on controversial mine project

The Africans making it big in China

Shanghai free trade zone will deal a blow to Hong Kong: Li

FDI into China up 6.37% in first eight months: govt

Sensors allow for efficient irrigation, give growers more control over plant growth

Different forage affects beef cattle weight, taste

New role for protein family could provide path to how crop traits are modified

Earthworms can survive and recover after 3-week drought stress

160 UN peacekeepers desert Mali posts: military

Three Ivorian police killed in attacks

Uganda suspends 24 officers over Somalia corruption

Mali ministers met by hail of stones in Tuareg stronghold

Bicycle built by Dutch students sets speed record of 83.13 mph

Swiss engineers create hybrid car engine said capable of 117 mpg

The new allure of electric cars: Blazing-fast speeds

France's Renault teams up with electric car pioneer

Over 1,000 tons of Fukushima water dumped after typhoon

Japan PM Abe at Fukushima in PR push

Japan nuclear-free as last reactor switched off

Queensland aims to resume uranium mining

Cyberdefense moves open Latin American opportunities

Iran foreign minister says Facebook page hacked

Yahoo CEO fears defying NSA on data could mean prison

Israel's secret intel unit spawns high-tech tycoons

Beijing and ASEAN in talks on South China Sea

Kerry, Chinese counterpart to talk Syria, North Korea

Beijing rebukes Britain over 'irresponsible' Hong Kong comments

Spain threatens Court of Justice suit over Gibraltar fishing dispute

Ireland connects first community-owned wind farm to grid

Trump's suit to halt wind farm project to be heard in November

Windswept German island gives power to the people

Moventas significantly expands wind footprint

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2012 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement