Three Indian maids in the UAE have been charged with robbing their employer's house of cash worth 35,000 dirhams (about $9,500) along with other valuables.
The Indian women, identified only as MA, 27, BA, 31, and MB, 30, were charged for drugging and theft in the house of an Emirati employer MK, 44, in Dec 16 last year, The National reported Monday.
The housemaid MA denied the charge before the Dubai Criminal Court Monday, while the two others are at large.
The employer, who also owns a beauty salon, said she had withdrawn 20,000 dirhams to pay for an electricity bill.
"I had the money as well as 15,000 dirhams extra to go to the Naturalisation and Residency department in order to renew the visa of MA, so I asked one of the maids to prepare me a cup of tea before I went," MK was quoted as saying.
The woman said she was allegedly drugged in the beverage as she woke up hours later to find the maids had gone.
The woman called the maids but their mobile phones were switched off.
Later the keys to the house and a salon shop, TV, mobile phones and other items were found to be missing along with the cash.