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Woman killed her 10-year-old maid, say cops

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Islamabad - Police in eastern Pakistan have arrested a woman for beating to death her 10-year-old maid after accusing the girl of stealing a few rupees, less than a dollar's worth.

Police official Mohammed Yousaf said on Saturday the incident happened in the eastern city of Lahore. The girl died on Thursday, after her employer had brought her to hospital.

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Police in eastern Pakistan have arrested a woman for beating to death her 10-year-old maid after accusing the girl of stealing a few rupees, less than a dollar's worth.

Yousaf says the doctors alerted the police after seeing signs of abuse and torture on the girl's body. Later, the woman confessed to killing her maid with a steel pipe.

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. - Sapa-AP

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