An 18-year-old Indonesian maid impaled her leg on a fence as she was trying to escape from a Malaysian employer she claimed had molested her.

The 18-year-old maid had been working in Sarawak and was seriously injured during her escape bid on Tuesday. She claimed her male employer molested her twice in one day.

At about 10pm on August 21, while her employer was reportedly asleep at his home in Jalan Tun Abang Hj Openg in Sibu, the woman tried to escape, but slipped and impaled herself on a stainless steel fence, also injuring her left thigh and lower leg, Sin Chew Daily (Malaysia) reported.

Firefighters arrived at the scene and it took them more than one hour to cut off the section of the fence and free the woman, who was then sent to Sibu Hospital for treatment.

She claimed her employer had molested her twice that day.

She claimed on the first occasion he called her to his bedroom, locked the door and hugged her from behind before kissing and groping her for 15 minutes before letting her go.

One hour later she alleged she was sweeping a floor when the man grabbed her hand and tried to drag her into the bedroom where he could molest her again. She said she managed to break free after struggling hard.

The employer was arrested by Sibu police, who were following up the case under Section 354 of the Penal Code which cites an outrage of modesty.