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Maid ‘kills boy, 4, with boiling milk’ in Saudi

Father says maid was never mistreated

  • Gulf News Report
  • Published: 14:55 July 24, 2013
  • Gulf News

  • Image Credit: Credit: Okaz
  • Aafat Fawwaz Al Shalaan, the four year old boy who died of burn wounds on Monday. His father alleges that the domestic helper “pushed” him onto a pot of boiling milk

Dubai: A four-year old Saudi boy died of burn wounds on Monday after being “pushed” onto a boiling pot of milk by his domestic helper, according to Saudi media.

The child, Aafat Fawwaz Al Shalaan, was admitted to the Abdul Rahman Al Sudairi Central Hospital in the town of Sakaka in Al Jawf province on Sunday and succumbed to his injuries by dawn on Monday.

The Ethiopian maid is in police custody and the authorities are conducting an investigation into the matter, the child’s father told Saudi newspaper Okaz.

The father added that the family had always treated the maid well, and alleged that the maid admitted to pushing the child onto the pot. Police officials interviewed by Saudi media did not confirm or deny the allegation.

The incident comes after a 10-year old girl was stabbed to death by her maid earlier this month. The Saudi Ministry of Labour recently suspended the recruitment of Ethiopian labourers temporarily pending an investigation into the procedures of recruitment. Saudis have been pushing for a more rigorous testing process for foreign labourers in order to ensure that they are fit to work in the Kingdom—particularly those entrusted with the care of their children.

Cases involving Ethiopians have led to maids from that country becoming a target of campaigns. Last week English daily Arab News ran a front page report with the headline ‘Ethiopian maids? No thanks!’, which resulted in strong criticism and a backlash on social media.

Comments (4)

  1. Added 17:18 July 25, 2013

    psychiatric test for housemaids? good idea considering of recent news of what they did but why only them? better to do it first with their sponsors as they are the ones who usually subject their housemaids with physical abuse, inhuman treatment and working conditions. Since it was a poor child who died it demonized all housemaids, please check first the statistics on how many housemaids died either killed by their employers thru brutal ways of torture, some died in mysterious circumstances and some deaths even unreported where the poor family back home simply knows their loved ones had died after receiving their bodies in cold wooden boxes. A deeper thought should be given on what drives housemaids to do this unthinkable crime to a helpless child.

    Paul, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 15:20 July 25, 2013

    It's a good practice to have a maid to take care of household assistance for a large family. But the recent reports of "Gulf News" shows that the maid& even men whom are taken as labor for any suitable, they are mentally unfit to sustain any pressure. In some cases employers ill treat labors and in some cases poor labor back stab their employers. Its better to have a Psychiatric Test system to analyse the behaviors of a Maid/ Baby Sitter as they turning devils by standing tall to commit any kind of crime. Just in the case of "6 Year Old baby raped at a restaurant toilet by a Bangladeshi beast", silently many crimes are taking place. Rape, Murder are serious crimes against humanity and should be dealt severely with. Maximum harsh punishment should be given and also the "APPOINTMENTS OF HOUSE MAIDs/ BABY SITTERs BE DONE WITH A PSYCHIATRIC ANALYSIS TEST OF THE MAID / BABY SITTER, to determine whether they can PATIENTLY HANDLE CHILD/ BABIES".

    K C Paul, Bangalore, India

  3. Added 14:26 July 25, 2013

    Don't mistreat maids. Banning maids from Ethiopia or any other country will not solve the problem...

    hamid, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 12:34 July 25, 2013

    There are a lot of poor Arabic countries viz. Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Algeria, Iraq, Syria etc. They should recruit the maids from there to ensure proper communication. How can a maid from Ethiopia/ Sri lank/ Indonesia/ India etc communicate 100% with them.

    Anis Ahmad Fatehpuri, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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