Unfortunately, the issue of maid abuse will be a recurring theme on my blog. Maids in Bahrain seem to get the worst of it since they are not protected by the same labour laws as all the other migrant workers. For some reason Bahraini law regards maids as sub-human, and not worthy of the same rights as others. Here are three recent news items from the papers.
A Bahraini has reportedly spent his third night in police custody after being accused of raping his housemaid.The man, thought to be in his late 20s, was held again last night after appearing before prosecutors yesterday.
Meanwhile, the 22-year-old Bangladeshi woman was sent for medical tests and is due to report to the prosecution today. She claims she was raped by her sponsor, who works as a security guard, over a week ago at his Isa Town home. The sponsor's brother-in-law reported the matter to the police, who arrested the man on Saturday.
It is understood the accused's wife has now moved out of the marital home and is now staying with her family. The alleged rape is said to have taken place less than a month after the woman first arrived in the country.
Chan'ad's note: The person who allegedly raped the maid was a security guard. I feel safe.
A Filipina was critically ill with multiple injuries last night, after falling from the fourth floor of a building in Manama. Police are investigating how 45-year-old Rosila Trajia fell from the Concord International Hotel. Sources said it was thought she may be a housemaid.
She was found on the ground at 12.15am yesterday by passers-by, who called an ambulance. Ms Trajia was taken to Salmaniya Medical Complex with head and other injuries and was last night said to be on a ventilator to help her breathe, following emergency surgery.
No further details were available.
And finally, news item 3:
An Indonesian housemaid was arrested from the home of a Bahraini family after she refused to work. The reason for her refusal was not known.
Chan'ad's note: The GDN does not know the reason for the maid's refusal to work, so let me take a few guesses: She was raped? She was beaten? She was not allowed to leave the house? She was not fed properly? But the most outrageous part of the story is that she was arrested for not working!