Malaysian duo charged with abusing Indonesian maid

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Associated Press

Posted on October 5, 2012 at 10:31 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 5 at 10:33 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian couple has been charged with beating, scalding and exploiting their Indonesian maid in the latest abuse case despite new rules to better protect maids.

Prosecutor Chuah Shyue Chien says 28-year-old Mohamad Shukur Suradi and his wife, 27-year-old Daeng Norulasyikin Bachok, pleaded not guilty Friday to causing grievous harm to their 21-year-old maid, Marsini, who uses one name. He says they used a knife, a golf club, a clothes hanger and a belt to hit Marsini and scalded her with hot oil and water at their home in southern Johor state.

Chuah says they also were charged with exploiting Marsini by making her work long hours and work against her will.

He said Saturday they face up to 35 years in jail and whipping if convicted for both offenses.

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