Saudi Arabia: Court grants blood money to dead maid’s family
The family members of the deceased live in the highland city of Bandung, the capital of West Java province.
Krisnamurthi said 81 Indonesian maids have been confirmed dead of various causes this year, compared to 156 confirmed deaths in 2008. No figures are available on how many of these deaths are a result of abuse on the part of employers. Most Indonesian women in Saudi Arabia work as housemaids.
The phenomenon of abuse of domestic servants puts a strain on otherwise cordial relations between Saudi Arabia and countries that supply the most manual domestic labor.
A Saudi employer whose wife tortured the family’s Indonesian housemaid to death was sentenced last month to nine months in prison for failing to intervene and save the maid’s life. The man has already served six months in prison awaiting trial, while his wife, who has been in an Abha prison for the last 11 months, was scheduled for sentencing on Sunday by a court in the southern city of Khamis Mushayt. The maid’s family has accepted blood money.
In another case recently, the brutality of attacks on four Indonesian maids in the Saudi town of Aflaj shocked even the most hardened observers in the Kingdom. Accused of practicing black magic on the son of their Saudi employers, these domestic helpers were beaten over a period of two days. This led to the deaths of two maids.
16 June 2009
By M. Ghazanfar Ali Khan
Source: Arab News
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