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Maid torture report reaches Saudi Arabia

Aug 29, 2010 7:04:31 AM - itnnews.lk

The Sri Lankan Embassy in Saudi Arabia has already received the medical report regarding the housemaid who was found with 24 nails and needles embedded in her legs, arms, hands and forehead, allegedly pushed into her body by the Saudi couple she worked for as a method of punishment.

A video statement from the victim translated into Arabic language was also handed over to the Saudi Embassy in Colombo for necessary action. An Embassy official told Arab News that they had the report regarding L.T. Ariyawathi, a 49-year-old domestic aide who came to Riyadh in March for employment under a Saudi sponsor. He said this would facilitate the mission to take up the case with the Foreign Affairs Ministry in Saudi Arabia requesting action against the employer.

Although the mission knows the details of the Saudi sponsor, the official said it is not protocol to contact him directly. Arab News tried to contact the sponsor but did not get a response. He said that all their actions will be channeled through the Saudi Foreign Ministry.

Doctors in Sri Lanka removed on Friday 13 nails and five needles from the maid’s body. Six needles in her hands reportedly could not be removed because the procedure would damage nerves and arteries.