Published: Friday October 19, 2012 MYT 11:08:00 AM
Updated: Friday October 19, 2012 MYT 7:15:38 PM
Abused maid Nirmala Bonat fails to reach settlement with ex-employers
By M. MAGESWARI
KUALA LUMPUR: Maid abuse victim Nirmala Bonat, 28 (pic), was in the Kuala Lumpur Mediation Centre on Friday over a civil suit against her former employer but failed to reach a settlement.
Among others, Bonat is asking for RM28,545 for loss of income and RM10,616 for her other expenditures, her civil suit.
She is also seeking for costs and other relief deemed fit by the court.
Housewife Yim Pek Ha, 44, was charged with four counts of causing grievous hurt on Nirmala at her apartment in Villa Putera, Jalan Tun Ismail, Kuala Lumpur in January, March and April 2004.
She was found guilty and sentenced to 18 years' jail by the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court on three counts of causing grievous hurt to Nirmala with a hot iron and hot water, but was acquitted on the fourth charge of causing hurt to the maid with a metal cup.
She appealed to the Kuala Lumpur High Court, which reduced her jail term to 12 years. The Court of Appeal upheld the decision and she is now serving her time in the Kajang Women's Prison.
During the mediation on Friday, Judge Zainal L. Salleh met the parties, including Bonat and her former employer Hii Ik Ting, Yim's husband, at a mediation centre here in separate sessions on Friday.
Lawyer Kavimani Muthayam acted for Bonat while counsel Gurmeet Singh appeared on behalf of her former employer.
Speaking to reporters later, Gurmeet said the parties could not agree on the terms of settlement.
"We tried to come to an amicable settlement but failed," he said, adding that the matter was fixed for case management on Oct 24 before a senior assistant registrar.
Kavimani said that Bonat would be called as the main witness in the trial to prove her claims over her pain and suffering as a result of the abuse.
Indonesian Embassy officer Galuh Indriyati Sulaiman, who accompanied Nirmala, said that the maid abuse victim was prepared to go for a trial and was not too keen on the compensation claims.
Nirmala, 28, had on Jan 28, 2010 filed the suit against her former employer for damages, claiming she suffered pain, humiliation and physical and mental anguish while working for Yim and Hii for about nine months.
In her civil suit, Nirmala named former boutique manager Yim,44 and her husband Hii, 46, as defendants.
In a statement of claim, Nirmala, from Desa Tuapakas in Kota Kupang, said she had worked as a maid for the couple at Villa Putera in Jalan Tun Ismail between Sept 2003 and May 17, 2004.
Nirmala said she was employed by the couple through an employment agency, AZ Sdn Bhd.
She claimed that she had been abused by Yim many times causing her to suffer tremendous mental anguish and physical injury. In her papers, Nirmala said she had been hurt with a hot iron, hot water, a metal cup and a plastic hanger. She said she had been humiliated and insulted by Yim during the period.
She claimed that Hii had neglected in his duty to ensure that she worked in a safe environment and stopping his wife from injuring her.
She contended that Hii had failed to ensure proper medical treatment for her injuries.
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