Indonesian maid jailed for slapping employer's three-year-old daughter

An Indonesian maid was jailed for two weeks on Tuesday for slapping her employer's three-year-old daughter on the cheek twice. -- ST FILE PHOTO: WANG HUI FEN
An Indonesian maid was jailed for two weeks on Tuesday for slapping her employer's three-year-old daughter on the cheek twice. -- ST FILE PHOTO: WANG HUI FEN

An Indonesian maid was jailed for two weeks on Tuesday for slapping her employer's three-year-old daughter on the cheek twice.

Dainawati, 25, who goes by one name, pleaded guilty to causing hurt to the child who suffered a bruise on her face. The incident took place at a flat in Commonwealth Drive on July 4 last year.

The maid had been working for the employer - the child's mother - since December 2011, and had been entrusted with caring for the child for a few months. On July 4 last year, the employer returned home and found multiple marks on the left side of the girl's face. When questioned, Dianawati lied that the girl fell and hurt herself in the toilet.

The employer checked with her brother, who shared the same flat, and he said the marks did not appear to have been caused by a fall in the toilet. She then asked the victim who told her that the maid had slapped her twice.

Investigation showed that Dainawati was frustrated at the child's misbehaviour. The girl had refused to urinate in the toilet but later did so on the living room floor. When the maid tried to carry her to the toilet, she refused and she slapped her.

Dainawati said in her mitigation that she was very sorry for her actions. She could have been jailed for up to two years and/or fined up to $5,000.