$10,000 payout for abused maid in Bahrain
Manama, May 25, 2014
A housemaid who was repeatedly assaulted by her employer has received more than BD4,000 ($10,553) compensation thanks to the efforts of Indonesian Embassy officials.
Indonesian national Maria B T Badri was taken to hospital after she was found wandering the streets of Manama covered in bruises on March 11, said a report in the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister publication.
She spent a week in Salmaniya Medical Complex recovering from a fractured finger and other signs of abuse.
The woman, in her 20s, was taken to a shelter run by the Indonesian Embassy, which filed a complaint with the Public Prosecution and General Directorate of Criminal Investigation in Adliya.
"We are grateful to all the authorities, including police, Public Prosecution and court, for their intervention in this case and helping the battered maid," said embassy consular section head Muhammad Rifqi Fikriansyah.
"At the end of the case, she received BD4,100 compensation from her employer, which is a good amount and we are happy for her."
Badri was repatriated to Jakarta after the verdict, Fikriansyah added.
Another Indonesian former maid, who was allegedly not paid by her employer, could also get more than BD2,000 in compensation.
Nurjanah BT Ayut has already returned home, but her case is being followed up by a lawyer, Fikriansyah told the GDN.
The 30-year-old maid ran away from her employer's residence in May last year claiming that she had not received wages for three years and Indonesian Embassy officials then filed a complaint at the High Administrative Court.
"She went back home but her case is still with our lawyer," said Fikriansyah.
"She will receive her money after the court verdict, which we will send to her.
"At the moment, she is happy being with her family members and other relatives and says she is happy coming back home." - TradeArabia News Service