Many young Burmese girls choose to leave their homes and families behind to work as maids.
They hope to use that money to lift their families out of grinding poverty. With that money, they could send their younger family members to school, to secure a better future. Sadly, due to their age and vulnerability, these young wage earners become victims of physical abuse.
Recently, a married couple in Myanmar were arrested for allegedly torturing their 13-year-old maid. The couple has been accused of branding the poor maid with an iron, pricking her eyes with pins, and pouring boiling water on her. Shocking right!?
Police arrested 32-year old Tun Tun and his wife, 30-year old Myat Noe Thu on June 3 , after receiving complaints from concerned neighbors.
According to the Daily Mirror, Tun Tun has told the police officers that he is innocent, and it is his wife who is responsible for the crime. The 32-year-old has also accused his wife of abusing him. He further added that his wife used to batter the poor girl with sticks, in addition to branding her with a hot iron and pouring boiling water on her.
The pictures of the victim, which were taken by the police officer show injuries all over the girl’s body, including in her face, chest, back, arms, and legs.
The child is currently in the custody of the Social Welfare Department.
The couple was initially held in police custody, but they were released last week on bail. Their charges were reduced from “causing grievous hurt with weapons” to “causing hurt with weapons,” which is a less severe charge.
The child’s representative Myo Tint Naing, speaking with the local media, admitted that there was little he could do about the couple being granted bail. He further added that since the child had clear burn marks all over her body, he was positive that she would receive justice in court.
(Source: EliteReaders )