A woman is under arrest after filming her maid falling seven stories from her balcony. The horrifying incident took place in Kuwait, where the Ethiopian maid alleges her employer had been planning to kill her. The Independent reports that the domestic worker claims she was trying to escape. In the footage, which was posted by her employer to social media, she is pleading for the filmer to come help her. The woman behind the camera replies, “Oh crazy, come back,” and after the woman slips and falls you can here what sounds like a brief laugh.
The maid maintains that she was not attempting to do herself harm. She survived with a broken arm after falling off a metal awning, and was later shown speaking from her hospital bed, according to Middle East Eye, telling interviewers, “The lady put me in the bathroom and was about to kill me in the bathroom without anybody finding out, she would have thrown my body out like rubbish, so instead of staying there I went to save myself and then I fell. Alhamdulillah, I was protected. And so, what can be done?"
According to the Guardian, The Kuwait Society for Human Rights pressured police to open a criminal investigation against the employer who failed to aid the maid in any way. The Kuwaiti woman claims she was filming to prove that she did not kill the domestic worker. The Gulf is home to 600,000 domestic workers, many of whom are from abroad and often face borderline enslavement. So many attempt to escape that the government has opened up abuse shelters for them. If this woman’s cavalier attitude towards her employee’s potential death isn’t enough of a comment on how these workers are treated, consider that she also casually posted this footage to social media to share with her friends.