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RIYADH: Arar police said on Monday the death of a Sri Lankan maid in Al-Jouf in January was a case of suicide. The Sri Lankan Embassy confirmed the report.

The woman was identified as Dilini Kumari, 26, from Nattandiya, a coastal town some 50 km from Colombo. The maid, who came to the Kingdom on Aug. 8, 2009, had been working for a Saudi family in the northern town of Arar. The death occurred on Jan. 12, 2011.

The autopsy report, which was released on Monday, said the maid consumed Clorox, a bleach used for cleaning.  The maid’s sponsor said the woman did not experience any problems and that her work was satisfactory.

Police said the maid was being paid her salaries regularly.

“The sponsor had agreed to pay any dues owed to the maid,” said the police.

The Sri Lankan Embassy in Riyadh is making arrangements with the concerned authorities to repatriate the body home by next week.

This is the third death of a Sri Lankan maid in Al-Jouf province in four months. Two other maids — Pushpavalli Selladurai and Pavani Devi Sinnaiyah — were allegedly killed by their Saudi employers. According to the embassy records, there have been five such murders in last two years in the same region.

Source: Arab News

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  • TP Tuesday, 15 March 2011 03:57 PM

    Its time for all the Employment Ministers in south Asian Countries to convene a meeting and take it up with the Govts of the Middle Eastern countries. This cannot go on.

    Pawlpakse Tuesday, 15 March 2011 09:46 AM

    "Sri Lanka - A country of maids" - The impression created in the outside world.

    asha Tuesday, 15 March 2011 05:27 AM

    Don't Cry.
    See how nice.......Our International Women's Day celebrations!

    Nina Kamal Tuesday, 15 March 2011 05:36 AM

    oh poor thing, may her soul rest in peace! Silence suffers.... May God forgive her for taking her life !

    bada uda gemba Tuesday, 15 March 2011 11:13 AM

    'And slaves. How true!!!!

    Common Man Tuesday, 15 March 2011 06:14 AM

    Something fishy here.

    citizen1 Tuesday, 15 March 2011 11:33 AM

    A job should not define one's human worth.

    mohamed Tuesday, 15 March 2011 06:53 AM

    we are a country with a 2000 year history. we should stop this maid menace ASAP.

    xlntgson Tuesday, 15 March 2011 11:42 AM

    Not all deaths, reported suicides, but cause of suicide is tad bit difficult to prove! The perpetrators won't escape hell fire, even if they are non-believers! Death is imminent to all!


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