The prosecution usually relies on one or more of the sections such as section 323, 323, 324 or 325 Penal Code, read with the enhancement provision, namely section 73 Penal Code for maid abuse cases, depending on the nature of the hurt caused. The punishment is usually a jail sentence. This is a relatively serious offence and if convicted, carries a jail sentence from a few months to a couple of years, depending on the number of charges. Accused that have been convicted included teachers, businessmen, professionals and even a news reader. In the recent case of Soh Meiyun v PP (2014), the Accused was given a fine as she was suffering from major depressive disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder which the IMH psychiatrist said had contributed to the offences. In the case of Chua Siew Peng (2017), the Accused’s sentence was enhanced upon Appeal. The Accused was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, but the crucial point was there was no casual link between the schizophrenia and the commission of the offence.
Some examples of maid abuse
- Hitting head
- Using furniture to injure maid
- Slapping maid
- Twisting maid’s arms, pulling hair
- Using weapon such as cutter, broom, chair etc.
- Uttering vulgarities