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Saudi employer questioned over “maid abuse”

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The employer of an Indonesian maid allegedly abused and beaten in Saudi Arabia is reported to have been questioned by Saudi prosecutors.
The maid is in hospital in Medina, where doctors said she was admitted with her face and body covered in gashes and burns.On Wednesday, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono demanded justice for the “extraordinary torture” of the Indonesian maid in Saudi Arabia. An Indonesian embassy official Didi Wahyudi said Saudi police believed she’d been tortured
Frequent cases of abuse
There’s been no official Saudi comment on the investigation, but a senior political figure has said justice will be done.

Domestic migrant workers in the Middle East frequently complain of exploitation and abuse
Sumiati Binti Salan Mustapa, 23, is in a stable condition in hospital.Her injuries include gashes to her face and cuts to her lips, allegedly inflicted by her employers using scissors. She was also burned with an iron, officials say.
Slow progress
Meanwhile there had been slow progress in the case of finding justice for the Sri Lankan maid who was allegedly abused by her employers in Saudi Arabia. 

L.D. Ariyawathie had nails in her body

L.D. Ariyawathie, 49, who worked in Saudi Arabia for approximately six months, returned to Sri Lanka in August 2010. Twenty four nails were removed from her body.
High level intervention
There were two more cases of alleged abuse of Srilankan maids working in Kuwait and Jordan.
When asked about possible intervention of presidential level on behalf of Srilankan workers, Head of Foreign Employment Bureau Kingsley Ranawake said there were attempts by the Ministry of Foreign affairs to encourage the Saudi authorities to find justice for the victms.
“First of all, we need to do medical examinations to confirm the allegations made by the maids. Then we will have grounds to demand justice”. Kingsley Ranawake told BBC Sinhala Service.- BBC Sinhala Servic


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November 19, 2010 at 9:04 am

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