A woman who threw a mop at a maid and caused swelling on her forehead was sentenced to one month in prison on Tuesday (May 15).
Zuliana Ode Oge, 42, pleaded guilty in the state courts for one Voluntary conviction violates Onaya, a 32-year-old Indonesian maid who goes by one name. Onaya had been working for Zuliana's household in Sengkang for less than two months when the incident happened.
Zuliana ranted on with the cleaning lady and slammed her mop against the floor, causing the head of the mop to separate from the stick. Then she took the detached piece and threw it on Onaya's face and hit the girl on her forehead.
Onaya felt pain from the impact and cried as she continued cleaning the bedroom. When Zuliana saw the maid's forehead swell, she got some ice cream for Onaya to relieve her injury.
Two days after the incident, Onaya used a public phone to report the incident to her maid. The agent told Onaya's employer to send her back, and later submitted a report to the Ministry of Labor (MOM).
MOM transferred Onaya to the police before sending her to the hospital, where she had a bruise on her forehead. She was released with medication.
While the prosecutor sought a six-week prison sentence for Zuliana, her lawyer Ashwin Ganapathy asked for three weeks. The lawyer said that his client made a voluntary $ 1,000 indemnity to Onaya.
He said that his client "wanted to end their frustration" and apologized after the Onaya incident.
District Judge John Ng accepted That Zuliani lost control of this one-time incident, but added that maids are vulnerable workers who need to feel safe in their work environment.
"They live in our homeland in an unknown environment and have to listen to their employers and other household members … (They have to live), without fear for their safety and without danger," he said.