Lankan maid suffers hearing loss

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Sri Lankan maid in Muscat claims to have lost hearing ability in her right ear after her sponsor allegedly "tortured-her for demanding her wages.

Speaking to Times of Oman, M.M. Deshapriya, the Counsellor of Labour at Sri Lankan Embassy in Muscat, said the 45-year-old maid, Mulia Nona fled from the sponsor's house and took shelter at the embassy following the incident in October, 2012. "We immediately admitted her to a private hospital and later shifted her to the government hospital, - he said.

The maid, who had been working at her sponsor's house since October 18, 2011, alleged that she was "treated like an animal- and also showed her friends the injuries she suffered from "years of maltreatment-while working as a housemaid.

"Her face and arms were still swollen when I saw her last time, - a friend of her claimed.

Hearing loss

The maid told her that she had been wounded after being hit in the head with a sharp object, and later, the sponsor punched her in the ears, which caused hearing loss.

"Following the complaint, we called her sponsor where he agreed to settle all her medical bills, - the Counsellor of Labour said.

Mulia informed her friends about being hit in the arm with a hard object she was working with in the kitchen. In another incident, her sponsor slapped her across her right ear.

"Such incidents are very rare in Oman as most of the sponsors take care of the housemaids, - Deshapriya said.

After taking shelter in the hospital, Mulia underwent an X-ray and a CT scan at a private hospital and at Royal Hospital where an "internal injury-was detected near her right ear.

There are currently over 1.5 million migrant workers from Sri Lanka, mostly in the Middle East.

More than 6,000 Sri Lankan workers left their home country for employment in Oman in 2010, out of which 3,000 were housemaids. Altogether, there are around 17,000 Sri Lankan housemaids working in Oman.

Deshapriya also said that the embassy has started blacklisting the housemaids and migrant workers who have been convicted of crimes in Oman since September 2012.

"With the proposed blacklisting, these workers would be prohibited from obtaining foreign employment not only in Oman but throughout the GCC countries, and they could minimize the number of issues surfacing in these countries relating to migrant workers,- he added.

There are some 40 registered recruitment agencies in Oman recruiting labourers and housemaids from Sri Lanka. "The embassy is regularly working with Omani authorities to prevent the abuse of Sri Lankan workers by their employers,-Deshapriya added. (Source: Times of Oman)
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  • Jesus Tuesday, 06 November 2012 10:44 AM

    Sinaleese government can gives jobs ,we don't want middle east money,we have Chinese to look after us..

    kuriosity Tuesday, 06 November 2012 05:24 AM

    the sponsor will settle the medical bills - thats very good but what about componsation for hearling loss nd her wages + other monies that are due to her? I am not sure what the labour law in Oman for house maids are but i am sure that the sponsor could face criminl chargres for body harm.

    Basith Tuesday, 06 November 2012 12:00 AM

    Sue the so called Sponsor... Thats what those ppl do to the poor ppl working there even for a small mistake yea..?!! via DM Android App

    Kondebendapucheena Tuesday, 06 November 2012 05:58 AM

    Please keep them ,

    Manisha Tuesday, 06 November 2012 06:03 AM

    What about legal action against those sponsors. I have never seen any legal action against them by Sri Lankan embassies other than asking them to settle hospital bills. Blacklisting schemes are just to icing those atrocities from out.

    Iqbal Tuesday, 06 November 2012 08:00 AM

    Sri Lankann government must do more to these unfortunate workers who leave the country out of poverty. A fair compensation must be given. In UK an upcountry maid from Sri Lanka was ill treated by a Kuwaiti employer and the court ordered a compensation of 350,000 sterling pounds which is in excess of 70 million rupees.


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