A 25-year-old Indonesian woman who had been working as a maid for a family in Singapore’s Choa Chu Kang area for two months was rescued by civil-defense officers after she was seen standing on an eighth-floor window ledge in an apparent suicide attempt.
The incident happened on Tuesday at around 3pm at Block 557, Choa Chu Kang. The young woman was seen standing on the window ledge next to some laundry poles outside her employer’s apartment, Shin Min Daily News reported.
A video about the incident posted on Facebook showed that the Singapore Civil Defense Force (SCDF) inflated a rescue mattress at the scene.
After an hour of persuasion, the maid was rescued by officers from the SCDF’s Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team, who scaled down a rope from the 12th floor and carried her to a safe location.
Singapore police placed the maid under arrest for attempting suicide, and the investigation, including into the actual cause of action, is ongoing.
The maid’s employer told Lianhe Wanbao (Singapore) that at the time of the incident only her 20-year-old son was at home with the maid, who had been seen to be emotionally distressed since her second day on the job, as she cried often.
Believing that her maid, who could not speak English, could have been homesick and having difficulties adjusting to the new environment, the young woman’s boss called the employment agency to see if she could be cared for in her native language.
The Samaritans of Singapore run a 24-hour suicide prevention hotline +65 1800-221 4444, or e-mails can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.