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Housemaids molested in Saudi Returned Lankan woman’s horror story
Published Date: 04/12/2017 (Monday)

BY Wilvitiya Divithura - Upul Mahesh

A number of housemaids are subjected to molestation by their employers in Saudi Arabia, a local woman who managed to escape a worse fate claimed.

"There are a number of women like me who are subjected to molestation by employers in Saudi Arabia. They are suffering. It is only thanks to the Mawbima newspaper and other media that I managed to return to Sri Lanka alive. Those who have a love for their lives please do not go to Saudi Arabia as housemaids," said, 37-years-old Nilanthi Karunaratne.

Karunaratne, a resident of Halpathota Pedru, Baddegama, who went to Saudi Arabia as a housemaid, managed to return to her motherland, due to the intervention of the Sri Lankan Embassy in Saudi Arabia, after facing untold sufferings. "'The revelations made by my husband and two children were published by 'Mawbima'. Minister of Justice Thalatha Atukorale who saw this intervened, and thereafter the Sri Lankan Embassy took me from the house where I was working to the Embassy. I was in a safe house of the Embassy for three months. The officials took legal action and got me the salaries owed to me. "My husband is a labourer. I went to the Saudi because I wanted to build my house and to educate my children. Since the day I went to work, I had to face severe hardships. They did not give me food or drink. What remained in the pots and plates I washed was my food. They hated me. Every time they saw me they beat me. My whole body is full of bruises. My ear bled when I was hit on one occasion. There are times when I was burnt with cigarette butts, and even hit in the stomach with broomstick. When they go out they lock me in the lavatory.

"It is only after my husband and children reported this to Mawbima and other media that the Embassy officials came and saved me. If not for the media, only my corpse would have come back to Sri Lanka. There are hundreds of women who are suffering in Saudi Arabia like how I suffered.

I am begging of the responsible authorities to please get them back too."

Source: Ceylon Today

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