Unacceptable, tweets Sushma Swaraj after Saudi employer chops off Indian woman’s hand

Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said the incident of a Saudi national chopping off an Indian woman's hand was disturbing and unacceptable.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 9, 2015 12:52 pm
sushma swaraj, sushma swaraj twitter, saudi arabia, indian woman hand chopped, indian woman hand cut, twitter sushma swaraj, sushma swaraj tweet, saudi arabia, indian woman hand chopped off, saudi national, saudi hand chopped, MEA, kasturi, riyadh, indian domestic worker Kasturi, who hails from Tamil Nadu in India, is currently recuperating at a hospital in Riyadh

India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today expressed in strong words her condemnation of an incident in Saudi Arabia in which an Indian woman’s right hand was chopped off by her employer.

On Twitter, she said, “Chopping of hand of Indian lady – We are very much disturbed over the brutal manner in which Indian lady has been treated in Saudi Arabia.”

The foreign minister added that the incident was unacceptable and that the embassy was in touch with the victim.

The MEA said on Thursday that India has asked for severe punishment for the Saudi national who committed the crime.

 

sushma swaraj, sushma swaraj twitter, saudi arabia, indian woman hand chopped, indian woman hand cut, twitter sushma swaraj, sushma swaraj tweet, saudi arabia, indian woman hand chopped off, saudi national, saudi hand chopped, MEA, kasturi, riyadh, indian domestic worker India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj answers questions to journalists during a press conference in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015. (AP Photo)

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.

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.

 

For all the latest India News, download Indian Express App

  1. V
    vikas
    Oct 9, 2015 at 11:22 am
    What a shame on saudhi...really shame on Islam's holy country...shame on you saudhi women....Allah punish you..
    Reply
    1. A
      Abdul Khan
      Oct 9, 2015 at 10:16 am
      Ask Saudi Arabia to act in islamic way and chop off hands of that employer. If KSA doesn't agree bomb them. Thought: Chopping off hand of Indian in Foreign country ' not acceptable' Beating an Indian to death in India is ' acceptable'
      Reply
      1. A
        ams
        Oct 10, 2015 at 2:58 am
        Unacceptable.. hahahaha ..what can this powerless minister do anyways.. Indian workers are treated horribly in Saudi and Middle east. Even their pports are taken away so they cant return when they want to. At times I wonder whether we Indians have any iota of self respect left!!
        Reply
        1. D
          Desy girl
          Oct 9, 2015 at 3:38 pm
          If he did this crime so surely he should be punished because it is against humanity to behave a woman in such a brutal way.
          Reply
          1. D
            Desy girl
            Oct 9, 2015 at 1:58 pm
            When people are aware with situation then why they go abroad for earning money .
            Reply
            1. A
              Anand Lakshminarsu
              Oct 9, 2015 at 9:16 am
              Sharia as practiced in KSA should be invoked in "eye for eye etc " so hand for hand is the punishment that needs to be awarded to the Saudi Barbarian.Financial compensation could follow.
              Reply
              1. R
                Rudram
                Oct 9, 2015 at 11:25 am
                Mr Modi promised to project a tough image of India - particularly to Muslim countries. What happened? He seems to be a paper mouse!!!
                Reply
                1. A
                  ARPrabhakar
                  Oct 9, 2015 at 10:51 am
                  What a shame!! Here in India, these diplomats can get away even with crimes like rape an Indian worker has to loose a limb because she spoke about ill treatment. Can the Govt of India do anything to restore the dignity of Indian workers in these countries?
                  Reply
                  1. Load More Comments