Indian maid, whose hand was chopped off by Saudi employer, returns

Indian maid, whose hand was chopped off by Saudi employer, returns

Tamil maid Kasturi Munirathnam, whose hand was chopped off in Saudi Arabia, returned to India on Saturday morning after the government made arrangements for her return.

The 58-year-old had gone to Saudi Arabia to work as a domestic help, hoping that the promised monthly salary of Rs.23,000 would help her to marry off her three daughters, but instead of receiving the promised salary, her employer had her right hand chopped off when the Saudi Arabian authorities warned him about receiving a complaint from Kasturi and asked him to clear her outstanding dues.

Kasturi suffered severe injuries on her body and limbs, and was being treated at the Kingdom Hospital in Riyadh. Kasturi hails from North Arcot near Vellore and had reached Saudi Arabia two months ago.

In August this year, Kasturi was first taken to Damam and later shifted to a house in Riyadh, where only women stayed. She was given a huge and heavy workload and was not even allowed to have telephonic conversations with her relatives in India. When she once managed to get help from a Tamil Nadu native, she was locked up inside a room and subjected to both mental and physical torture.

Once when she received a death threat from the other women, she tried to escape through the balcony of her room. However, when she got out, her hand was chopped off allegedly by her employer. An investigation into the incident was carried out by the Al-Sahafa police initially and later on handed over to the Saudi Investigation Bureau, reports from Riyadh said.
[IANS]

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