Monday, March 09, 2009

Shocking death of Indonesian maid

I was horrified to read about the death of an Indonesian maid at the hands of her Jordanian employers. According to the Jordan Times the couple confessed to beating the woman to 'discipline' her. What goes through people's minds that they think they have the right to use violence against a defenceless woman in their own home or anywhere else for that matter? And why are they only charged with manslaughter and not murder?

I just wonder if they use the same violence on their children? T

3 Comments:

Anonymous Qwaider قويدر said...

The issues of employment of domestic helpers is a huge one in the Arab world. This form of "Slavery" reminds us of the dark ages and needs to stop

May her soul rest in peace, I hope her death wasn't in vain as more people become aware of these inhuman conditions that the maids suffer from

But who cares about these maids? I don't think any representative or minister is going to remotely care!

Monday, March 09, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with Qwaider that this form of doemstic help is a form of slavery--$100 a month for the amount of work these women do and the sacrifice of leaving their loved ones behind is just too much for my husband and me. We employ a local woman who comes every day and leaves before her kids go to bed, we give her more than these foreign works get and we treat her with respect and decency. I think the government should increase the minimum monthly payments of these women and set more stringent rules as to how they're employed.

Saturday, March 14, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now that the Philippines Embassy got tough with employers, requiring a $400 a month minimum monthly salary (after housing, medical insurance, and meals and paying the cost of the residency-worjk permit), so many people are going for the Indonesians or other nationalities who are as yet less protected by their own governments. What makes anyone think that a woman from anywhere would be "lucky" or should be"grateful" to do all the dirty housekeeping and other work that we "liberated, professional" or "leisured class" women don't have the time or inclination to do for our rather large and spoiled families??? And for $100 a month??? (That many people won't give them on a monthly basis - "keeping it safely aside" for her, instead.) And then we beat them for being so stupid as to put up with us or for asking for a day off, their pay or a phone call home. Haram alayna! Treat others as we would like to be treated in their situation. Um Dunya

Sunday, March 15, 2009  

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