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A Sri Lankan migrant housemaid in Oman had been found murdered in a city, out of Muscat, the Capital of Oman, Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau officials said.

They said that the housemaid was not registered with the Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau (SLFEB).

Foreign Employment Minister Thalatha Atukorale told the Daily Mirror that the Ministry was coordinating with the Omani Police and the Sri Lankan Mission in Oman to get more information into the death of the housemaid.

According to reports, the housemaid had been murdered by slitting her throat few days ago.

Minister Athukorala said the Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau could not take up the responsibility of bringing back the body since she had not been registered with the SLFEB.

“Despite our unwavering effort to educate the Sri Lankan women on hazards of migrating to overseas via unregistered agents, it seems to be continuing. Some of them are still going for overseas without following the proper channels at the Bureau. It makes us very difficult to contact them in times of emergency,” the Minister said.

However, she said according to the reports received so far, the woman had been allegedly murdered by a Pakistani man, after a dispute between them about a clandestine affair of the woman with another man.

However, Ms. Atukorale said the details were yet to be confirmed by the Sri Lankan Ambassador in Oman Mr. Padmanadan.

The Foreign Employment Bureau implemented a regulation, with effect from January 1 that the Bureau would no longer make any effort to bring back Sri Lankan housemaids from abroad, if they had not registered with the Bureau prior to their departure.

With this regulation, any housemaid, who had gone abroad for employment without registering with the Bureau, would not be brought back at state expense even in case of ill health, mistreatment by employers or their bodies, in case of death. (Piyumi Fonseka)

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  • Shasheer Sunday, 17 April 2016 02:07 PM

    Mr minister why do you charge for registration!!!! These housemaids do contribute a lot fir the econimy so please make the registration free, then everyone will register!!!

    Coconut Republic Sunday, 17 April 2016 02:34 PM

    Don't blame the house maid. These are well organised by the recruitment agents. These are also due to our money making medical exams which is not worth a cent in other countries. All frauds..frauds and frauds

    Hafildeen Sunday, 17 April 2016 03:00 PM

    Why don't SLFEB check them at the time of departure at the airport whether they are registered or not? If you had such system no one will leave the country unregistered. So please correct your system then talk about the rules and regulations.

    Sugumar Sunday, 17 April 2016 03:18 PM

    Our Sri Lankan women have endured so much suffering in the hands of their middle eastern employers. Especially, the house maids. Government should ban sending these ladies to Middle East. Rather, provide them some opportunities for them to learn proper skills so they can fend for themselves with dignity. Build more universities, educate our youth and export skill workers.

    Sarath Sunday, 17 April 2016 03:42 PM

    The Foreign Employment Bureau will not help the foreign employees those who have gone abroad without being registered with the Bureau. This is their stance. So how about the money those people send to the country? What does the Minister say about that? Shouldn't they avoid sending money? These remarks are baseless. What they only need is money? Not people?

    Jagath De Silva Sunday, 17 April 2016 04:09 PM

    There is a increase in trend where these women do not only go for jobs also start an illicit affairs with other men.They ask for problemAgain educating and training them is the key factor.

    singing fish Sunday, 17 April 2016 04:42 PM

    I agree fully with the proposal,it is a must for all those who goes to the middle east to get registered in the foreign employment bureau, Also those who send the workers to the middle east should be punished severely.

    Dany Monday, 18 April 2016 01:37 PM

    This is a death of Sri Lankan citizen and our embassy need to get involve with it for sure. SLFEB need to educate people about the benefit that they will get when they register than only charging the fat amount. At the airport what they just do is collecting money and putting that stamp. It is high time at least they give a leaflet with information so people are well aware.It is high time that we as a country to stop sending ladies for house maid job. What i was told when a agency sell a Sri Lankan lady as house maid to middle eastern country the person who introduce her to the agency get around LKR150000. Just for one maid. So the guy who is introducing her to the agency will not tell the truth about the job and he will show a heavens under the sun because of the money.

    nuke Sunday, 17 April 2016 04:50 PM

    i have no idea as to why we have ministries if they cant do their job properly., when did they ever do their job properly???

    rw Sunday, 17 April 2016 06:07 PM

    if we paid only he take action on dead bodies .how Sri Lanka is treating it citizens . via DM Android App

    Mary Sunday, 17 April 2016 06:09 PM

    I strongly sujest that the airport should stop any worker going to the Middle East if they do not carry with them a clearence card from the foreign employment bureau. Our ministers are very good at talking BUT, action is in the far distance

    AA Sunday, 17 April 2016 07:25 PM

    I don't think anything should be free in the future. Everybody should pay for what they get.

    Sameen Jan Monday, 18 April 2016 07:33 AM

    Minister - this is not about 'registration' but the murder of a SL citizen.Can't you understand the difference.What an obscene and callous attitude


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