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Hong Kong housewife arrested for 'abusing' Bangladeshi maid

Published on Jan 27, 2014 4:01 PM

HONG KONG (AFP) - A Hong Kong housewife was arrested for allegedly assaulting her Bangladeshi maid, police said on Monday, in the latest in a series of cases highlighting the abuse of foreign domestic helpers.

The arrest of the 58-year-old mother-of-two, identified in media reports as Cheung Sau-kuen, comes just a week after thousands of domestic workers marched in the southern Chinese city to demand justice for an Indonesian maid allegedly assaulted by her employer.

The Bangladeshi helper, 27-year-old Akter Kalpona, accused Cheung of punching her in the head, pulling her hair, scratching her hands with a metal brush and confining her to a store room, The Standard newspaper reported.

Cheung was arrested on Sunday afternoon at her luxury apartment in the city's upmarket Mid-Levels neighbourhood for "assault occasioning actual bodily harm", police said in a statement, but was released on bail later in the day.

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