Employers must not push maids over the edge

I am glad the maid who fractured a baby's elbow was given a light jail sentence of two weeks ("Maid gets two weeks' jail for fracture on baby's elbow"; last Wednesday).

Employers must understand that if a maid works during the day, she cannot be expected to take care of the baby at night as well.

It is the responsibility of the parents to take care of their children at night; it is not right to push the responsibility to the maid just so the employers can have a peaceful night.

Being overworked and ill-treated is one reason maids commit crimes. The frustration and depression can push them over the edge.

Shamim Moledina (Ms)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 07, 2015, with the headline 'Employers must not push maids over the edge'. Print Edition | Subscribe