A cleaning woman experienced several harrowing hours tied up in chains inside a bathroom of a flat because her Malaysian employers suspected her of stealing their jewellery.

The couple used a heavy chain to confine the woman inside the bathroom of their flat in Taman Tenaga, Selangor state, as they went to search her house for the missing jewellery, according to Indonesian envoy Hermono.

The woman’s screams, however, alerted nearby residents who called the police.

Officers had to break down the door of the flat and cut through the chains used to hold the cleaning lady before freeing her.