Rs. 2.5mn paid to stranded SL maid

2012-03-26 02:52:36

The Saudi government paid SR72, 000 (approximately 2.5 million rupees) in compensation to a stranded Sri Lankan housemaid whose Saudi sponsor had not paid her wages for the last 17 years, the Arab News reported.

Kusuma Nandini, 57, who had come to Riyadh in 1994, was kept a virtual slave in the house of her employer.  She was not paid her wages and was not allowed to contact anyone including her relatives back home.

Nandini’s case came to light two years ago when her 25-year-old daughter complained to the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry that she had not heard from her mother for years. Responding to the complaint, the embassy officials had visited the house and its occupants denied Nandini lived there. Following several efforts to track down the maid, embassy officials located her.

“We gave shelter to this woman and for the last two years tried to find her sponsor to obtain her outstanding wages, but unfortunately we could not trace him,” labor counselor at the Sri Lankan mission Anura Muthumala told Arab News yesterday.

Muthumala said when all the mission's efforts failed, he contacted Tarek Al-Zahrani, director of the government-run Women’s Welfare Camp in Olaya who helped the maid obtain compensation from the Ministry of Social Affairs. “We are thankful to this officer who left no stone unturned to get this maid compensated,” the diplomat said.

"I came to Riyadh when my eldest daughter was eight years old (she is now 27)," Nandini told Arab News prior to her departure to Sri Lanka. She said she came to work in the Kingdom to pay for her children’s education.

  Comments - 14

  • peter Monday, 26 March 2012 03:30

    shame work upto 12500 rupees per month

    Reply : 11       33

    bernard Monday, 26 March 2012 05:20

    It's pea nuts for a filthy rich country like SA. Nothing for slave work and her suffering. She should get double that amount. Disgraceful country.

    Reply : 13       37

    Zavahir Monday, 26 March 2012 03:33

    law enforcement is very low in KSA. But they are better than us.

    Reply : 13       43

    faqi Monday, 26 March 2012 05:31

    Well, it says they could not find her sponsor (employer). This is only a token payment from the Ministry of Social Affairs, it works out to approximately $94 a month (Rupees:12,196/-) for the 17 years that she spent in servitude in KSA. Something is better than nothing.

    Reply : 9       21

    CRV Monday, 26 March 2012 05:55

    Saudis since you voted for us in UNHRC we are willing to let you do 'anything' you want to superior Sri Lankan workers cleaning toilets.

    Reply : 9       7

    sltk2004 Monday, 26 March 2012 07:01

    Good that she gets at least that amount. If it was in Sri Lanka, i am very sure that some reason will be given (some application not filled, not insured, original of birth certificate not given, name in the NIC is different...) and nothing will be paid

    Reply : 3       22

    shiva Monday, 26 March 2012 08:03

    For 17 years, she should have paid SR.: 122,400.00 (US $ 33,534.25) @ SR.: 600.00 per month as minimum wage.

    Reply : 10       2

    pasha Monday, 26 March 2012 08:17

    where did u study?

    Reply : 1       10

    Tharaka Chanaka Monday, 26 March 2012 08:32

    According to Mr. Bandu, for Rs.7500/- she can manage for 3 family members per month. 12500 p.m. she is "well Off" !

    Reply : 0       19

    Fazli Monday, 26 March 2012 09:12

    Sigh of relief

    Reply : 3       7

    Gamini Monday, 26 March 2012 11:28

    This is disgraceful from a country with so much wealth. But the issue here is the primitiveness of its inhabitants. Shame on them.

    Reply : 5       11

    Shocked Monday, 26 March 2012 13:33

    Spinless Embassy... Such a shame to hear such stories!!

    Reply : 3       9

    Janaka Monday, 26 March 2012 16:03

    This money does not compensate the mental agony she went thru, when you are poor this is the price you pay.

    Reply : 0       0

    Sheriffdeen Sudin Monday, 26 March 2012 16:20

    sri lankan government has still not paid 1980 strikers. this is better than sri lankan government..

    Reply : 2       1

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