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Oil attack on maid in Sharjah: employer questioned by police

Victim fighting for her life after suffering first and second-degree burns

  • By Aghaddir Ali, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 21:30 March 24, 2013
  • Gulf News

A victim of an oil attack
  • Image Credit: Aghaddir Ali/Gulf News
  • The victim suffered first and second-degree burns on her head and back.

Sharjah: A female employer of an Ethiopian housemaid who works illegally in the UAE has been summoned by the Sharjah police for questioning in connection with allegations that an assailant poured hot cooking oil on the maid’s head and back, causing serious burns across the victim’s body.

The housemaid is scheduled to undergo skin grafting surgery on Monday, more than a month after being hospitalised following the incident in her sponsor’s Mirdif villa in early February.

The employer could not be reached on her telephone by Gulf News by press time on Sunday.

Al Qassimi Hospital officials said the maid has been fighting for her life in the intensive care unit (ICU) after suffering first- and second-degree burns. The victim has been heavily medicated as the ICU team helps nurse her back to health.

Gulf News visited Room No 5 in the surgery section at the hospital on Sunday where the victim is receiving treatment.

The victim, identified as B.K., alleged in an interview that her employer threw flour, which the maid was preparing to make samosas, on the floor and ordered her to clean up the mess. The victim told police that while she was cleaning, the Moroccan assailant threw boiling oil on her. She alleged that her employer asked her not to scream.

Excruciating pain

The soft-spoken victim told us that the pain was unbearable. “At first, I lost my eyesight,” said the woman, who regained her sight after three days.

The woman said her employer refused to allow her to seek medical treatment.

“She locked me [in the villa] for three days after the incident. She threatened me that if I told police about the incident, I would be affected because I am an illegal worker,” the maid said.

Without proper medical treatment, her condition worsened. She turned weaker as she was confined inside the villa.

After pleading with her employer that she would not report the matter to the police, the maid was finally released and she sought medical assistance.

She later told police that this wasn’t the first time she had suffered burns at her employer’s villa. The maid was burnt by her employers twice over 50 days, she alleged. On the first occasion, the housemaid said she sustained burns on her leg, a pain she still experiences.

End to abuse

“These maids are human and they come here to earn a decent living to support their poor families. We have decided that this abuse must stop,” Dr Faisal Salman, a plastic surgeon at Al Qassimi Hospital, told Gulf News.

Salman said the hospital admitted the victim on February 24 and recorded burns of first- and second-degree on her face and different body parts.

The maid, Salman said, has been provided necessary treatment and a medical team consisting of three doctors are following her case on a daily basis.

Salman said the hospital’s administration reported the case to the authorities.

Meanwhile, an investigation by Sharjah Police continues.

Comments (7)

  1. Added 17:27 March 25, 2013

    To all of you who are comparing this monster to animal s- you need an education - first - animals do not torture or kill for pleasure. They dont rape either. They kill for the purpose of food and can go on for months without it. So get your facts right. The person who has abused this helpless human being is what can be classified as a monster. In need of severe psychiatric treatment. Further, who knows, the person may be a victim of abuse and has perhaps lost their mind a long time ago. Hats off to Gulf News for reporting these cases. If there is any way in which we readers can help the maid, then please let us know.

    Radhicka, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 14:32 March 25, 2013

    This kind of animal behavior should be dealt very firmly with sharia law.This particular family has supported illegality and against the rule of the country irrespective of any country and religion should be severely punished for this inhuman behavior in the 21st century.

    Savio, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 14:27 March 25, 2013

    It's great thing that Gulf News has taken this type of incident to the public. First of all she is human being even she is working illigal, the thing happen happened with her it's very bad to anyone. I hope there will be much harder punishment to the person who have thrown hot Oil on her. Finally Thanks to Gulf News & I am wishing to her get well soon

    Hom Budha, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 13:54 March 25, 2013

    Lady police should randomly check to avoid these incidents. How this girl is suffering torture by the human animals. With money and power the person can do good things for the people. Police should arrest the culprits and capital punishment should be given.

    Hamsika, Calicut, India

  5. Added 13:41 March 25, 2013

    This is a crime against humanity and deserves our full condemning. The attacker should be given the toughest punishment for the ugly acts !!

    Mohamed, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 13:33 March 25, 2013

    Yes this person must be punished they don't have heart, i don't know why there are people who can abuse maids like this, even your paying them their not slave and you can't compare them to animals co'z even animals also feel pain . maybe lots of maids suffered more than like this. God will help them.

    rose, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 11:58 March 25, 2013

    This attacker is brutal and she must be punished severely for committing such horrible crime. Absolutely psychotic to deal in such a way with a poor maid wishing to earn decent living even if she is illegal worker. This is also an alert to illegal housemaids to comply with the laws of this country.

    KHALID MUSTAFA, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates

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