ISLAM vs. IMMIGRANTS: Saudi Arabian couple hammered 24 nails into Sri Lankan maid
Posted by FactReal on August 26, 2010
|THIS IS HOW IMMIGRANTS ARE TREATED IN SAUDI ARABIA, THE BIRTHPLACE OF ISLAM
Saudi Arabia is also the home to Islam’s two holiest shrines in Mecca and Medina.
About 97% of the total population in Saudi Arabia is Muslim.
|Saudis Tortured Immigrant Because she Complained of Heavy Workload
Via Reuters, News Yahoo:
“A Saudi couple tortured their Sri Lankan maid after she complained of a too heavy workload by hammering 24 nails into her hands, legs and forehead, officials said on Thursday.
Nearly 2 million Sri Lankans sought employment overseas last year and around 1.4 million, mostly maids, were employed in the Middle East. Many have complained of physical abuse or harassment.
L.T. Ariyawathi, a 49-year old mother of three, returned on Friday after five months in Saudi Arabia.
Her family only realized what had happened to her when she complained of pain and they took her to see the doctor, Foreign Employment Bureau officials said.
“The landlord and the wife of the landlord hammered 24 nails into her when she complained of the heavy workload,” Kalyana Priya Ramanayake, media secretary of the Foreign Employment Bureau, told Reuters.
|Ariyawathi has been taken to hospital for surgery to remove the nails, which according to the maid were hammered in when they were hot.
X-rays showed one- to two-inch nails in her hands and legs, with one over her eyes, officials said.”
Via UK DailyMail:
‘They (employer and his family) did not allow me even to rest. The woman at the house had heated the nails and then the man inserted them into my body,’ she was quoted as saying in the Lakbima, a newspaper published in local Sinhalese language.
She told the paper that she went to Saudi Arabia in March and was paid only two months’ salary, with her employer withholding three months’ salary to buy an air ticket to send her home.
|Dr HKK Satharasinghe said X-rays show Mrs Ariyawathi has 24 nails and needles in her body. Some of her wounds have healed over, he said but she finds it difficult to walk because she has two nails in her knee and two in her ankles.
Another needle is in her forehead, and the rest are in hands, he said.
‘Her condition is stable, but we are giving antibiotics and painkillers,’ Dr Satharasinghe said, adding that doctors will begin removing the remaining nails tomorrow.
Kalyana Priya Ramanayake, media secretary of the Sri Lankan Foreign Employment Bureau,…added that Mrs Ariyawathi had been too afraid to complain about the abuse to Saudi authorities, fearing that her employers might not let her return home. She also did not report the abuse to Sri Lankan officials, until she was hospitalised.”
|Saudis Torturing & Enslaving Immigrants
“According to Human Rights Watch, the estimated eight million foreign workers in Saudi Arabia are suffer multiple abuses and exploitation, and sometimes slavery-like conditions.
The reason this is allowed to flourish largely unchecked is because it is tied to a system of migrant sponsorship called kafala, which ties migrant workers’ residency permits to their employers.
It leads to abuses such as employers confiscating passports, withholding wages and forcing migrants to work against their will.
Recent law reforms have set prison sentences of up to 15 years for forced labour to combat trafficking, and extended some protection to migrant domestic workers.
However, the reforms excluded giving domestic workers the rights to leave the house or keep their passports and it still requires them to obey the employers.
Saudi’s foreign embassies report thousands of complaints each year from domestic workers forced to work 15-20 hours a day for seven days a week, who are denied their salaries, denied food and drink and sometimes even subjected to sexual abuse.
Recourse to justice is poor too with obstacles such as lack of access to interpreters, legal aid, or their consulates which means few migrants successfully pursue criminal cases against abusive employers.
Successful legal action by migrant workers is rare and often migrants are deported before they can pursue their case.”
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