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The family of a Sri Lankan maid who was murdered by a Saudi sponsor's wife received SR40,000 as compensation for the death, the Sri Lankan Embassy told Arab News.

The autopsy report of the maid, identified as 36-year-old Pospawalli Selladurai, revealed that she had been murdered.

Al-Jouf police arrested the woman, who is still in remand. She will be released as soon as the paper work is completed following the payment of blood money, which amounts to about $10,650.

“The amount was the best we could extract from the convicted party,” a Sri Lankan diplomat explained on condition of anonymity. He also said the court could later order a lesser amount of money paid.

Earlier this week it was reported that a Saudi woman in Abha — with the help of charitable contributions — paid SR110,000 (about $29,300) in blood money for murdering her Saudi husband.

“We are thankful to the Saudi authorities, who extended their fullest cooperation in this case. It helped the mission repatriate the body home in deference to the wishes of her next-of-kin,” the diplomat said.

Saroja Selladurai, sister of the deceased maid, told Arab News: “What happened to my sister should not happen to any other maid in Saudi Arabia.”

Saroja said her sister's death was an irreparable loss to her family, which is now burdened with the upbringing of the four children survived by the maid. (Arab News)
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  • Amal Perera Saturday, 28 May 2011 05:27 AM

    Women who leave for barbarian countries have no other choice but to accept whatever happens to them. :-(

    The Undertaker Saturday, 28 May 2011 05:29 AM

    WE CANNOT VALUE LIFE- ITS MORE VALUE THAN ANYTHING IN THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE-MAY HER SOUL REST AND PEACE- AND THE MURDERER SHOULD BE RESTED FOREVER IN JAIL

    meranchi Sunday, 29 May 2011 02:54 AM

    Balance goes to diplomat fund and srilanka FEB insurance money where is that goes.. pocketing all poor people's money

    ranjith Sunday, 29 May 2011 03:03 AM

    Amount should be more than that make sure to get the correct amount . Please check with Saudi Authorities not with our Embassy ataff

    ameer ali Saturday, 28 May 2011 05:53 AM

    The arabs are sub-human in their treatment of asians. But what choice have these poor destitue women when the govt is full of robber barons. Do they really care?

    Fayad Sunday, 29 May 2011 04:14 AM

    If it was me i will tell them to keep the money! I want eye for eye
    no one should go scout-free after a murder.

    Lankan Patriot Saturday, 28 May 2011 06:15 AM

    Nihal, it was SR 40,000 which is Rs. 1,240,000. But, if a Saudi is killed, the blood money is minimum of SR 150,000.

    hussain Saturday, 28 May 2011 06:48 AM

    i agree with lankan patriots comment, SR.40,000 is very little compare saudis, Our diplomats are very week, if they demand more than 100,000 i am sure they will get it, I can understand our diplomat might have convinced affected family to accept this cheap amount

    Patriot Saturday, 28 May 2011 07:31 AM

    So if you are rich you can murder anyone and get out? If you are poor your neck will be chopped off. So this is Sharia?

    Ruwan Ferdinandez Saturday, 28 May 2011 08:42 AM

    Hussain, Very true. Also these diplomuts will release only SR20,000 to the family.

    Fair N Square Sunday, 29 May 2011 09:05 AM

    Eye for an eye will make the world go half blind. - Mahatma Gandhi. I used to be thinking like u but have gone sober, sad to see this come from a Muslim whose religion promotes peace n forgiveness.

    Fair N Square Sunday, 29 May 2011 09:11 AM

    it says SR= SAUDI RIYALS , which is NOT enough either. one saudi riyal is almost 31.00 rupees

    sltk2004 Saturday, 28 May 2011 09:29 AM

    Who will give?

    unesh Saturday, 28 May 2011 09:52 AM

    very true, this is sharia law.

    asoka Saturday, 28 May 2011 09:42 AM

    this is better than nothing...i wonder is this 40,000 after deduction of commissions...?

    anura Saturday, 28 May 2011 09:40 AM

    Its good in disguise at least our greedy and ignoring and evil leaders would open their eyes and see the loss of sending our poor ladies to these countries

    ravi Saturday, 28 May 2011 10:04 AM

    so why they cant release Rizana for same amount..

    Common Man Saturday, 28 May 2011 10:45 AM

    If the Blood money is not accepted by the affected family then the head will be chopped off wether your rich or poor, thats Sharia...

    Bumba Saturday, 28 May 2011 10:32 AM

    In Sri Lanka if you are so called "patriot" you have a good chance of getting off.

    Mohamed Saturday, 28 May 2011 11:48 AM

    Well done we all sri Lankans cry for sri lankans , These are barbarians ill treat Asians.

    Yasir Saturday, 28 May 2011 11:37 AM

    Are they kidding!!! Rs1.2m is nothing these days!! I think authorities should have done more!!

    DIas Saturday, 28 May 2011 12:40 PM

    What a jocke in UAE they give as a dia moneY 250 THOUSAND AER that is about 60LKS SRI LANKAN RS,

    DIas Saturday, 28 May 2011 12:27 PM

    PLEASE CHECK MAY BE SOME FRAUD IS GOING ON THIS PROBLEM,I NEVER BELEAVE THE STAFF IN THE EMBASSEEY IN SAUADI,

    DIas Saturday, 28 May 2011 12:27 PM

    Please do not send your wifes to this countrys we know what is going when them come to this countrys,

    Ahmad Saturday, 28 May 2011 04:24 PM

    Still we would be searching the killer and case will end after dragged for years if it had happed here. At least family got something because it happened in SA.

    HarshaJ Saturday, 28 May 2011 04:44 PM

    we need to developed SL, then we can stop sending slaves ...

    bada-uda-gemmba Saturday, 28 May 2011 07:04 PM

    .... OR PAGAWA???

    bada-uda-gemmba Saturday, 28 May 2011 07:11 PM

    I hope this will not encourage some scheming husbands to send thier women folk who are already slaving in their marraige to send them to these barbaric countries!!!!!

    Saleem Saturday, 28 May 2011 09:30 PM

    Sri Lankan's life is so cheap in the eye of the rich Saudis. Patriotic people must take this insult with the president.

    Guru Saturday, 28 May 2011 09:58 PM

    How much did the Ambassador put in his pocket.

    Dhnawatha Saturday, 28 May 2011 11:08 PM

    I am rich guy I want the head! excuse me what did you say one billion dollars? Lets negotiate.

    Vijay Sunday, 29 May 2011 12:45 AM

    Ridiculous amount. Should have been much higher as per Saudi Standards.Our Mission must make a claim for higher amount.

    kalakanniya Saturday, 28 May 2011 04:59 AM

    we give twice the amount if they release Rizana

    Yuri Saturday, 28 May 2011 05:03 AM

    This is one story . how many stories are untold. we should Stop to send Sri Lankan Slaves to Arab countries.

    Nihal Saturday, 28 May 2011 05:17 AM

    Just Rs. 40.000/= valued for a human life. what a tragedy . but this was not accepted by the sudi man for his baby said to be murdered by a SL maid


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