Thinking Aloud

Same old, same old, maid abuse cases are a blight on Singapore

Past cases make clear that current safeguards are inadequate - all the more so in an affluent country that has allowed so many to work here

Gaiyathiri Murugayan pleaded guilty to 28 charges on Feb 23, 2021 for abusing her domestic helper Ms Piang Ngaih Don.PHOTOS: HELPING HANDS FOR MIGRANT WORKERS, LIANHE WANBAO

Ms Piang Ngaih Don came to Singapore in May 2015 as a 22-year-old Myanmarese out of her country for the first time, to work as a domestic maid for Gaiyathiri Murugayan, 40, and her husband Kevin Chelvam, 42.

She died 14 months later in July 2016. The autopsy report counted 31 recent scars and 47 external injuries. Her hyoid bone, which holds the tongue to the neck, was broken, most likely from Gaiyathiri shaking her like a rag doll, according to the forensic pathologist.

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