A woman who filmed her maid falling off a window seal from the seventh floor of a building has been arrested and detained by local Police.
The woman did not try to help the maid who was clearly heard in a video calling for help but rather kept on filming and simple said to the maid “Oh, crazy, come back.”
The Footage which was filmed in Kuwait was posted by the woman to social media. It showed the maid hanging onto a balcony with one hand, shouting “hold me, hold me” and screaming.
Her hand then slips and she free-falls . A loud thud can be heard in the film. She survived the fall with minor injuries. A second video showed her been rescued from the high ledge which cushioned her fall by emergency workers.
The Kuwait Times reported that lawyer Fawzia al-Sabah would be filing a complaint with the public prosecutor over the behaviour of the woman.
The video has renewed questions over the treatment of domestic servants in Arab countries, where they are employed by many higher income families.
In Kuwait, there are around 600,000 domestic workers, mainly migrants to the oil rich gulf state.
Complaints of abuse are commonplace and the country’s kafala system of visa sponsorship prevents domestic workers from changing jobs without the permission of their employer.
Human Rights Watch says the kafala system “remains a major obstacle to domestic workers’ rights” despite some progress having been made in 2016 to protect them.