Hong Kong couple jailed for abuse of Indonesian maid

HONG KONG - A Hong Kong couple were jailed yesterday for attacks on their Indonesian domestic helper, including burning her with an iron and beating her with a bike chain.

Tai Chi-wai, 42, and his 41-year-old wife, Catherine Au, subjected their former maid, Ms Kartika Puspitasari, to a two-year campaign of violence and humiliation.

The 30-year-old was also assaulted with clothes hangers and a paper cutter.

Protesters outside court on Wednesday held a placard dubbing the couple "Mr and Mrs Evil", and called the city to "End the social exclusion of foreign domestic workers in Hong Kong!"

Hong Kong has nearly 300,000 maids from mainly south-east Asian countries, predominantly Indonesia and the Philippines, and criticism over their treatment is mounting from rights groups.