Saudi employer chops off Indian woman’s hand, Delhi seeks action

Kasturi, 50, is currently undergoing treatment at a hospital in Riyadh, her sister Vijayakumari told The Indian Express from their home in Vellore district.

Written by Arun Janardhanan , Shubhajit Roy | Chennai/new Delhi | Published:October 10, 2015 3:25 am
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India has sought “strict action” and “severe punishment” from Saudi Arabia against a Saudi national who chopped off the right hand of a domestic worker from Tamil Nadu after she complained about poor working conditions last week, the Ministry of External Affairs said.

Kasturi, 50, is currently undergoing treatment at a hospital in Riyadh, her sister Vijayakumari told The Indian Express from their home in Vellore district.

“We are told that the incident happened on the night of September 29 after she complained about torture and non-payment of wages by her employer. He chopped off her hand when she tried to escape from the house through the balcony. Some neighbours and others took her to hospital,” Vijayakumari said.

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“The Indian embassy officials, who visited her, spoke to her son who is a farmer in a village near Vellore. They told him that she had also suffered a spinal injury as she fell from the balcony when she tried to escape. We cannot go there unless the government arranges for it, but the officials have promised the best treatment for her,” she said.

In a video uploaded by a visitor at the hospital in Riyadh, Kasturi is seen asking to be sent back to India. It also shows her describing in Tamil how she tried to jump off from the balcony using a saree.

“This is the first time she has gone abroad for work. She was promised a salary of Rs 15,000 from which the agent was to take his cut because he did not charge any advance,” Vijayakumari said.

She added that Kasturi has four children, including three daughters and a son — her husband and son are farm workers. “She was forced to take up the job abroad as the family was facing financial problems after the marriage of her three daughters,” Vijayakumari said.

Reacting to the incident, MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup described the incident as “unfortunate and most condemnable”, and said India would “continue to seek justice for the victim”.

“Our Embassy in Riyadh has taken up the matter with the Saudi Foreign Office and asked for strict action in the matter and severe punishment for the sponsor. We have also sought an independent probe in the incident and urged that a case of attempted murder be lodged against the sponsor so that he is punished, if found guilty as per law,” the spokesperson said.

He added that India would “take up this issue in the Joint Working Group on Labour Matters with Saudi Arabia which will be held in New Delhi on October 12-13”.

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    Ameya Dahale
    Oct 9, 2015 at 9:04 am
    Saudi is secular islamic country...this is utter disgrace to Saudi's name.
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      hayatlives
      Oct 10, 2015 at 1:28 am
      At least it is better than what you Indians do to your own country men... Like recently killing a man for eating meat!!
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        hayatlives
        Oct 10, 2015 at 1:43 am
        Lol. I don't know which chaddi visited you. Ha ha ha
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          hayatlives
          Oct 10, 2015 at 1:44 am
          Was it cow meat tikka. Lol
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            hayatlives
            Oct 10, 2015 at 1:33 am
            Yes just like the chaddis who killed graham staines and his 2 children.
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              hayatlives
              Oct 10, 2015 at 1:39 am
              Yes. That's why 80% Hindus in India are showing off to 15 % Muslims their bravery by killing old men and women and children. I know many Hindus who work as cow butchers abroad.
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                Jennifer
                Oct 9, 2015 at 7:43 am
                So sad
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                  Prem
                  Oct 9, 2015 at 3:39 am
                  Now no Muslim will shout who are barking for Dadri Akhlaq lynching. Just because she is a Hindu and attacked by a Arabian muslim I know no Muslim will comment anywhere. Indian Muslims have to stand up against the cruelties of Muslims on non Muslims.
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                    Prem
                    Oct 9, 2015 at 3:44 am
                    Tamilnadu is bulging with sickular parties. No Dravidian sickulars will raise this issue because she is a Hindu and accused is an international sickular.
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                      Prem
                      Oct 9, 2015 at 3:31 am
                      They rape here and go free. They kill Indians there and are free. We are a dumb nation. People praised Modi a lot even when Saudi diplomat raped and escaped, what has he done in Saudi issues? USA detained Saudi prince for haring a maid and French Presidential candidate (IMF chief) in NY JFK airport for the same crime. India can u do the same
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                        Prem
                        Oct 9, 2015 at 3:28 am
                        Where are all the mullas now? Has anyone ever seen such incidence in any other community? Why are muslims always caught spreading terror everywhere?
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                          Prem
                          Oct 9, 2015 at 3:10 am
                          Why this news r not in top story
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                            Prem
                            Oct 9, 2015 at 3:29 am
                            if it was a hindu who cut off Muslim maid's hand. It would have been a big uproar in social Media and so called all (Sic)ulars would be coming out with various statements. UP govt would have come forward with financial compensations and govt jobs with very one in the house
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                              Sanjeev
                              Oct 9, 2015 at 5:47 am
                              Why people even go there, I got cheap air line ticket which is ping through Saudi airport and I avoid that. Simple.
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                                Press_is_run_by_ra
                                Oct 9, 2015 at 3:23 am
                                Ra run Times of India le: Saudi woman cuts off TAMIL NADU WOMAN'S arm. @ Prem: You know the answer now.
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                                  Abdul
                                  Oct 9, 2015 at 1:25 pm
                                  As as Muslim , I condemn this brutal and dastardly act . Call for eXtreme pusnishment for the Perpetrator of this crime .
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                                    Akhileshwar Yadav
                                    Oct 9, 2015 at 4:44 am
                                    India is doing sustained false propaa against Muslims all over the world under this communal Hindu fascist rss government. Look at the picture- where is the chopped hand? There is no such incident, and Modi has planted this false news to decrease secularism in India. He forgets that by such activities he will break India into many parts because he is acting like a murderer against Muslims and making false allegations against them. Recently, there was false case against Arabian diplomat and his domestic worker from Nepal, where India sided with Nepal to attack Muslims from Arabia. All muslims in India should vote for secular forces to stop the evil Hindu fanatics from carrying out their satanic agenda and promote secular parties only, so that peace can be achieved in India and false news about Muslims all over the world, and especially against the leader of Muslim world Saudi Arabia is totally stopped.
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                                      JHELUM
                                      Oct 9, 2015 at 5:09 pm
                                      you Hindu killed a old Muslim man just for eating cow meat.
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                                        Desy girl
                                        Oct 9, 2015 at 3:01 pm
                                        Why Indian government give permission to illiterate women for going abroad just for feeding mouth to her family .They have to suffer a lot because they do not know anything about the unknown place. How they are safe there.
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                                          Mohammed Anis Ismail
                                          Oct 9, 2015 at 6:10 pm
                                          That does not make this legal
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                                            ansar salman
                                            Oct 9, 2015 at 7:40 pm
                                            no words to condemn the incidence, indian govt should take hard steps to safe gourd the rights of indians overseas, expecting less from indian politicians for poor indians.
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