A Lebanese woman was sentenced to one month in jail for mistreating her Sri Lankan housemaid. This is a rare happening in a country where rights groups regularly denounce the ill-treatment of foreign domestic helpers.
The 41-year-old housewife was sentenced to jail and fined 6,600 dollars for “having struck” and “seriously mistreated” her home helper in the northern city of Byblos. She was also banned from employing domestic staff for up to five years. The French News Agency said the victim suffered blows and ill treatment between December 2004 and May 2007 and was also forbidden to leave the home, the papers showed.
However, she escaped and was able to reach the Sri Lankan embassy in Beirut, which referred her to Caritas Migrant Centre, which had her medically examined and helped her draw up a legal case.
According to Court papers, the medical tests showed wounds and contusions throughout the body, some recent and other going back several months.
A lawyer from Caritas, which aids migrant workers in Lebanon, helped bring her case before the court.