Kuwait. Photo: iStock

A Filipino domestic worker in Kuwait who claims to have been abused is being held by the authorities for stabbing her employer.

On Friday, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said in a statement that domestic worker Ulambai Singgayan, who went to Kuwait in February 2017, was beaten up after she stabbed her employer, GMA News reported.

Singgayan said her employer threatened to have her visa revoked and move her to another house where she would be killed.

Charleson C. Hermosura, chargé d’affaires of the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait, said that Singgayan had bruises on her face,  chest and arms. An x-ray showed that the domestic worker also suffered internal bleeding as a result of the beating.

The Embassy made a statement saying that, after learning about the incident, it sent a team to the hospital where Singgayan was being treated. Sarah Lou Arriola, foreign affairs undersecretary for migrant workers affairs, said that the DFA will provide Singgayan with legal and any other assistance that she may require.

“Our Embassy in Kuwait continues to look after our compatriot Ulambai Singgayan and is coordinating with the authorities to ensure that her rights are protected,” Arriola said.

Singgayan, who faces felony charges, is currently under hospital arrest.

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