Domestic worker files police report against employer who allegedly poured boiling water on her for failing to find scissors

EF’s employer poured boiling water on her twice, with the help of EF’s stepsister and the house’s security guard. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

A 21-year-old domestic worker from Java working in Bali has filed a report with the police after suffering burns all over body that she claims were caused by her employer pouring boiling water over her as a form of punishment.

The domestic worker, identified by her initials EF, says the incident took place after her employer, identified as DMW, asked her to find a pair of scissors on the morning of May 7. Although she looked all over the house, EF was unable to find them.

“I tried my best to look for it but I couldn’t, so I had to receive a punishment,” EF said, as quoted by Detik.

She went on to explain that it was not only DMW who had poured the boiling water on her but also the house’s security guard and even DMW’s own stepsister, who was working in the same household as a babysitter.

“It was a big pan full of water, and it happened twice. From the top of my head, all the way to my back, my arms, legs, everything,” EF said.

The incident took place last week, but EF only reported it to the authorities today. She says she managed to escape the house after what happened and sought refuge at a friend’s place in Nusa Penida. All the while, she reportedly did not receive any kind of treatment for her injuries.

After reporting to the Bali police, EF underwent a medical examination at a local police hospital, according to a report by the Jawa Pos network.

The Detik report also quoted EF’s lawyer, Supriyono, as saying that the police report was filed against DMW, EF’s step-sister, as well as the security guard.

“She (EF) has been working for seven months, but she has not been paid, and her step-sister was the one who recommended her to work there,” Supriyono said.

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