KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian government has strongly condemned the rape of an Indonesian maid in Seremban, the second case in two weeks following the rape of an Indonesian restaurant worker in Penang last Friday.
Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman, in expressing the condemnation, said the incident was a despicable and inhuman act.
He said in a statement that the ministry would follow up on the case with the police and extend the fullest cooperation to the Indonesian government.
He also said that the employer of the maid was being remanded from Nov 13 to 20. The rape allegedly took place on Sunday.
According to The Jakarta Post, police have arrested the employer of the Acehnese maid, said the Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur.
The embassy said on Thursday that police detained the employer and his wife on Tuesday, one day after the two fled their home in Seramban, Negeri Sembilan.
The employer has been charged with rape, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years behind bars if found guilty.
A rapist can also face whipping under sharia. The police will detain the employer until Nov 20 before submitting the case dossier to the court.
The employer's wife has been charged with assault.
The crime was revealed when the employer's wife took the maid to a police station, accusing her of theft.
The rape came to light when the police noticed that the maid was injured and questioned her about it.
Last Friday, a 25-year-old Indonesian restaurant worker lodged a police report in Penang that she was gang-raped by three policemen.
Three policemen were being held under remand for investigation into the gang-rape. - Bernama/ANN