Published: 2017-09-13 09:30
Last Updated: 2017-09-13 09:37
Police on Tuesday evening arrested a housemaid who threatened to either kill her host family or commit suicide.
A source told Roya that the housemaid made her threats after her employer rejected her request to to fly back home to visit her family.
The housemaid is currently in Irbid Police’s custody, where she is being interrogated.
While the housemaid's nationality is unknown, the incident took place just one day after the Minister of Labour, Ali Al Ghazzawi, banned Bengali housemaids from working in Jordan.
His decision was made after it was proven difficult to provide official documents from the Bangladeshi government to ensure that the housemaids have no criminal record or work restrictions under their name.
More importantly, the inability to provide a document clearing the housemaids of any mental health issues was a strong contributing factor to Ghazzawi’s decision.
The minister has long focused on the importance of ensuring that housemaids do not suffer from any psychological issues. This is to protect families from any potential threat to their safety and lives.
Will the minister's ban apply to housemaids of other nationalities following this incident?
This article is an edited translation from the Arabic Edition