Couple arrested for allegedly murdering child maid

RAWALPINDI, PAKISTAN (AFP) – A Pakistan couple have been arrested for allegedly murdering their seven-year-old maid after she was blamed for letting a pet bird escape, police said, the latest case of violence against child domestic workers in the country.

Hassan Siddiqui and his wife employed Zohra Bibi at their home in a middle-class suburb of Rawalpindi, Islamabad, to care for their son of a similar same age.

“The poor girl was subjected to torture by Siddiqui and his wife who accused her of freeing one of the four pet Macao parrots,” investigating officer Mukhtar Ahmad told AFP yesterday.

“Siddiqui kicked her in the lower abdomen which proved fatal.”