Kuwait woman detained for filming Ethiopian maid’s suicide attempt without helping [theguardian]

| theguardian| Human rights groups call for investigation after woman posted video to social media of her maid falling from seventh floor in an apparent suicide attempt.

Kuwaiti police have detained a woman for filming her Ethiopian maid falling from the seventh floor in an apparent suicide attempt without trying to rescue her, media and a rights group said Friday.

The Kuwaiti woman filmed her maid surviving a landing on a metal awning, then posted the incident on social media, al-Seyassah newspaper reported.

The 12-second video shows the maid hanging outside the building, with one hand tightly gripping the window frame, as she begs for help in an apparent last-minute change of mind.

The woman holding the camera is heard telling the hanging maid: “Oh, crazy, come back.”

The terrified maid is seen screaming “hold me, hold me”, just before her hand slips and she falls down to hit the awning, which appears to soften the impact.

The employer made no reaction as she continued filming.

Later, paramedics rescued the maid and rushed her to the hospital where she was found to have suffered nose and ear bleeding and a broken arm, the newspaper said.

The criminal investigation police referred the employer to the prosecution over failing to help the victim, the daily said.

The reasons for the maid’s attempted suicide were not revealed.

The Kuwait Society for Human Rights on Friday called on the authorities to investigate the case and refer it to court.

The oil-rich Gulf state is home to more than 600,000 domestic helpers, a majority of them Asians, many of whom complain of abuse, mistreatment and non-payment of wages.

Hundreds of maids escape their employers every year over abuse, and the government has set up shelters for them. Some seek help from their embassies.


  1. Ethiopia had provided shelter for the followers of Mohamed fleeing persecution, for many Armenians fleeing the Turkish massacre, spent millions of dollars, training (Nelson Mandela) and the freedom fighters of South Africa, and send its troops in trying to keep peace in many of African countries. However, what many Ethiopians fleeing the brutal tribal regime of Ethiopia get, with the exception of Armenians, is torture, death and destruction in the hands of many Arabs and Africans the very same people we gave shelter and assistance in their time of need. I guess I can not blame the Arabs, and Africans because of their ignorance of history. However, the Ethiopian government has a hand in this tragedy, and is solely responsible for the outcome. The Ethiopian TPLF regime will ultimately will be accountable for this. Let us not forget what happened to the likes of Mussolini on his final days. Let us always remember history, and render judgement to those who did harm to our brothers and sisters.


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