Once in prison, the women can file complaints against their employers, but the legal system is stacked against them. Those who do find attorneys face cases that drag on for years and a system that often doesn't recognize abuse of domestic workers as crimes. The proceedings often are held in a language the workers do not understand.
Even if the court does give a domestic worker a fair hearing, the alleged crimes usually have no witnesses. A judge often is left to decide a case based on the word of the employer against the word of a maid.
She said, she does not know why she was attacked so brutally.
"The Madame was always angry at home," Nilu said. "When she argued with her husband, she would take it out on me."