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Indian national jailed in Singapore for punching domestic help

PUNJAB NEWS LINE | May 11, 2023 01:24 PM

Singapore:A 37-year-old Indian national was sentenced to 16 weeks' jail on Thursday in Singapore for repeatedly punching and throwing vomitus at her domestic help's face, a media report said.

Monica Sharma pleaded guilty to one assault charge for abusing the 25 year-old victim, also an Indian national, who started working for the family in 2021, The Straits Times reported.

According to court documents, Sharma shouted at the victim, punched her face thrice, and hit her head with a toy as she was not pleased with how the latter was performing a cleaning task.

She also threw vomitus at the house help, the news report said, adding that Sharma's husband tried to stop the assault and apologised to the victim for his wife's behaviour.

Deputy Public Prosecutor R. Arvindren told the court that the domestic help suffered a swelling over her left eyebrow and a bruised nose.

The police showed up at Sharma's apartment after the victim clicked photos of her injuries and sent them to her agent in India, who then forwarded the pictures to some contacts in Singapore, The Straits Times reported.

The victim was taken to the Changi General Hospital by the officers for treatment of wounds, and was discharged soon after.

Thereafter, she stopped working for Sharma on April 11, 2021 and had a new employer about two months later.

Prosecutor Arvindren requested the court for at least five months' jail for Sharma, stressing that the abuse took place in the privacy of her home, making it difficult to detect.

"The accused not only targeted the victim's face, which is a vulnerable part of her body, but also used a toy to hit her. In addition, the accused threw (vomitus) at the face and head region of the victim which made the victim feel humiliated," Arvindren told the court.

Sharma's bail was set at S$10,000 on Thursday, and she will begin serving her sentence starting May 23.

She also compensated the victim for a loss of income of more than S$950.

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