Woman Kills 10-Year-Old Maid

ISLAMABAD (January 4, 2014) Police in eastern Pakistan arrested a woman accused of beating her 10-year-old maid to death.

Police say the girl was accused of stealing a few rupees, less than a dollar's worth.

Police official Mohammed Yousaf said Saturday the incident happened in the eastern city of Lahore.

The girl died on Thursday, after her employer took her to a hospital.

Yousaf says the doctors alerted the police after discovering signs of abuse and torture on the girl's body.

Later, the woman confessed to killing her maid with a steel pipe, police said.

Child labor is common in Pakistan, which has no legislation setting a minimum age for work.

Children, mostly from extremely poor and illiterate families, are commonly employed in households for domestic work and often exposed to verbal, physical and sexual abuse.

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