April 16, 2009
Maid’s Menstrual Blood Was in My Food: Boss
Hong Kong. An Indonesian maid has appeared in a Hong Kong court accused of
adding menstrual blood to her employer’s food in an effort to improve their
stormy relationship, a report said on Thursday.
Indra Ningsih, 26, mixed the blood in a pot of vegetables in the belief that
the recipe would help smooth over her difficult work environment, The Standard
newspaper reported. In some Southeast Asian cultures, menstrual blood is
thought to have special powers, the paper added.
She has been charged with one count of “administering poison or other
destructive or noxious substances with intent to injure,” and has not yet
entered a plea.
The report cited a prosecution statement that said Ningsih's ingredient had
been discovered after her female employer, surnamed Mok, peered through the
kitchen door and saw the helper acting suspiciously.
She entered the kitchen and found the accused throwing something into the
rubbish bin. When she checked the pot, she found blood clot-like substances
mixed with the vegetables and water, the English-language daily said. Mok later
discovered a used sanitary napkin in the bin and called the police.
Ningsih told police Mok had been unhappy with her work since being hired last
July. The helper was remanded in custody until the next hearing on May 13.
Hong Kong has around 200,000 domestic workers, mostly from the Philippines and
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