Two Hong Kongers are in court after starving, beating, and abusing their hired Indonesian maid for two years. Kartika Puspitasari was force-fed salt when she was hungry, required to clean herself in a public park, and had her head dunked in a toilet bowl when she was thirsty.
The details only get worse and worse, as The Standard reports:
Testifying for a second day, Puspitasari said she hated salesman Tai Chi-wai, 42, and his wife, health- care assistant Catherine Au Yuk-shan, 41. […]
Puspitasari, 30, said yesterday she was forced to wear the clothes of the couple’s three-year-old daughter, which easily ripped as they were too small.
On occasions, not allowed to wear a bra and panties, she was forced to cover herself with plastic bags. […]
Puspitasari was barred from contact with the outside world, and unable to talk to other helpers. She would be beaten if she disobeyed. […]
Last October 8, after being starved for two days, she was severely beaten when searching for food in a rubbish bin. She was beaten again the following day, and finally managed to escape the same day.
Puspitasari said her husband is dead and she has a three-year-old girl who is being looked after by her mother.
Tai and Au deny the charges, which include counts of false imprisonment, assault, and “inflicting grievous bodily harm.”
[Image via Oneika The Traveller]