Lankan housemaid severely tortured

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By- R. Anurudthan

A woman resident of Vakarai was severely tortured in Saudi Arabia by her employer that left her seriously maimed. She was handed over to her relatives at the Foreign Employment Bureau Office, on Monday. The Victim is Manohary Bawani, a mother of two children who went to Saudi Arabia in June 2003 to work as a housemaid in Damam.

The trouble started when she had asked for her wages after a lapse of two years.

She was hanged upside down and some chemicals put into her eyes. Her hair was set on fire and her ears were burned as a result, she said.“I was burnt with a hot iron rod”, she further said.

She couldn’t communicate with anyone and when she managed to report to the Police, they did nothing other than handing over to the employer following which she was subjected to more torture, Bawani said.

“Finally I was left stranded on the road and the Police who found me sent me to the Sri Lankan embassy, which made arrangement to send me back home” she said.

  Comments - 16

  • malkanthi Thursday, 16 June 2011 04:05 AM


    Heshan Thursday, 16 June 2011 04:22 AM

    Its up to the relevant authorities stop sending people for these countries atleast now for these jobs. People should not go to work in middle east countries in this category. They wont treat you well unless doing a professional job.

    Rishan Thursday, 16 June 2011 04:21 AM

    I believe foriegn embassy's in middle east countries should be more active rather than waiting for a complain to come. Embassy should have a complete Database of all Sri lankan employees and should contact them at least every 3 months, whether thay are ok with the employer , salary was paid on time , did you contact your home , anything we can do for you like that. This way SL embassy can identify employees who are having troubles and the best part is employers will get scared if a system is introduced like this .So give more attention to those innocent SL people because they have gone with lots of sacrifice to make their life better and they are the ones who brings foreign revenues.

    Godaya Thursday, 16 June 2011 05:20 AM


    Senior Citizen Thursday, 16 June 2011 10:45 AM

    Why these uncivilized animals are sending their ladies to these animals. a = a. No difference

    Andrew Fernando Thursday, 16 June 2011 10:46 AM

    We continue to hear these sad stories aboutthousemaids getting illtreated is middleeast countries. I agree with Rishan that all embassies should maintain a database of all Sri Lankan citizens working in these countries and check their status from time to time. After all the country is earning foreign exchange using these poor people and it is only fair to give something back to them and invest part of the eaqrnings in their welfare. I hope the minister and the deputy minister take these issues up with the governments of these countries and set up a mechanism to investigate each issue. I have heard good stories about many employers who treat the housemaids kindly. You always get a few bad ones who iltreat them and bring disrepute to their country.

    sue Thursday, 16 June 2011 10:50 AM

    These poor woman should be stopped from going over to these places. I am British and have worked in Kuwait and have seen and heard horror stories of imprisonment, rape murder, this is not just on Sri Lankan ladies it is Pakistani, Phillipino's, the governments of these countries should put a stop to this. This lady was lucky, in a way, as she has returned to her loved ones.... what about the one's who come back in a body bag?

    zaid from saudi Thursday, 16 June 2011 06:01 AM

    all these fabricated stories are to tarnish the image of muslims who all ways helpful towards poor...

    tissa Thursday, 16 June 2011 05:04 PM

    Where is Channel 5, AI, HRW and other NGOs and INGOs always issuing statements with political motive?

    NJ Thursday, 16 June 2011 05:14 PM

    Stop sending our women there. They have their dignity and the government should do everything possible to protect them. The arabs can do their dirty work themselves.

    Puran Thursday, 16 June 2011 05:21 PM

    The money these maids make under such dire treatment and remit to Sri Lanka government who squander it making trips abroad often with their family members is reason enoygh for the government to turn a blind eye.

    Anver Thursday, 16 June 2011 07:24 AM

    This is not fabricated as it is clearly evident. from the pictures. Muslims have a duty to fight against such cruel acts against fellow humans.

    Calistus Jayatilleke Thursday, 16 June 2011 02:43 AM

    Yet, we continue to send human fodder to the uncivilised animals over there.

    tgte Thursday, 16 June 2011 02:48 AM


    ravi Thursday, 16 June 2011 03:38 AM

    They mostly eat beef and they behave like that..

    Xman Thursday, 16 June 2011 03:46 AM

    Some barbarians among few civilized. All are same otherwise for the international law and order.

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