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Government mediates in the Saudi torture issue

Aug 25, 2010 11:16:11 AM - itnnews.lk

The Government mediates in demanding compensation from those responsible for the abuse of a Sri Lankan woman in Saudi Arabia. This was referred to by Deputy Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena at a media briefing today.

Minister Lakshman Yapa stated that if a woman is over 50 and has no experience with domestic work, foreign employment agencies are not allowed to send them abroad, but this particular woman has been given a fraud certificate stating that she has 10 years of experience in domestic employment. The needful is being done through the Foreign Employment Bureau of Sri Lanka for the procurement of suitable compensation for the family concerned. The Minister pointed out that they are extending the facilities required to take immediate action.

This particular woman had returned to the island recently even without receiving a salary. She had been tortured while serving as a housemaid in Saudi Arabia. Medical tests have revealed that she had nails and needles within her body. L.P. Ariyawathie is now receiving treatment at the Kamburupitiya hospital. Doctors at the hospital said surgeries will be conducted to remove the nails and needles inserted within her body. Deputy Minister Lakshman Yapa visited the hospital to inquire into her condition.

Expressing his views on this gruesome incident, Foreign Employment Bureau Chairman Kingsley Ranawaka said they are conducting inquiries and attention of the authorities of the related country will be drawn to via the Foreign Ministry. He said such an incident should have not happened in civil society. He strongly deplored the incident. The Employment Bureau Chief said they planned to translate the statement of the victim into Arabic and direct it to Saudi authorities through the Foreign Ministry for suitable action to be instituted.