Tortured to death
An “Asian” maid working in Saudi Arabia was tortured and beaten to death by her Saudi employers. They claim she failed to follow their orders, reports Arab News.
August 25, 2009 11:38 by kippreport
Col. Yousuf Al-Qahtani, spokesman for the Eastern Province police, said that the employer was still in custody. The body of the maid is still at hospital. The diplomatic mission of the maid’s home country will soon get involved to repatriate the body.
In February, a Saudi couple was arrested on charges of beating and burning a Sri Lankan maid who was found by security patrols near the sea at Yanbu Industrial City. Police said the maid suffered burns across her body, especially her hands. Police said the employer and his wife denied mistreating the maid, insisting the injuries were self-inflicted.
The local press has over the past few years carried many stories of instances relating to abuse of domestic helpers.
The Saudi government recently ran a public awareness campaign in an attempt to help quell the problem of maid abuse. The embassies of countries that remit housemaids, such as the Philippines and Sri Lanka, routinely deal with runaway, abused or unpaid maids.
First seen in Arab News.
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