Bendemeer Road, Singapore. Photo: Google Maps

A 66-year-old Indian woman lost an appeal in Singapore’s High Court on Tuesday against a ruling that she had abused her daughter’s Indonesian maid in 2012 and 2013.

Anpalaki Muniandy Marimuthu was convicted of six charges of hurting a domestic worker named Sriyatun, 27, and jailed for 16 months, according to The Straits Times, on September 23, 2016. However, Anpalaki was allowed to grant bail as she had filed an appeal against the sentence.

On Monday, she lost that appeal and proposed to start her jail term in two weeks’ time. The judge, criticizing her for her brutal behavior, only postponed the term by a day so that she could celebrate her birthday with family at home, Liane Wanbao reported.

In February 2012, Sriyatun started working in a flat on Bendemeer Road. In her job, she was physically and mentally abused by Anpalaki and her 43-year-old daughter, Jayasheela Jayaraman. Her left ear was slapped so many times it is now permanently disabled.

The maid was injured in various parts of her body and had thoughts of committing suicide, according to the prosecutor. On Oct 25, 2013, the maid successfully escaped from the flat after a similar attempt had failed the previous day.

Last September, Jayasheela was found guilty of three charges of causing hurt to the maid. She was jailed for 12 months and ordered to pay the maid S$840 (US$602.8) in compensation. She lost an appeal in early April.

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