When it comes to chopping hands or heads, the Saudis are unmatched. Abusing poor domestic workers from countries like India, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Indonesia etc is routine. If the poor abused women try to escape, the brutal employers chop off their hands or even their heads. Here is the case of two poor Indian women whose hands were chopped by their abusive female employers.
Friday October 09, 2015, 08:13 DST
The concept of basic human rights does not exist in the medieval kingdom of Saudi Arabia ruled by the Bedouins of Najd. The regime’s executioners have been working overtime to chop off the heads of poor domestic workers that try to escape abusive and brutal employers.
Now the employers have also started to inflict barbaric punishment on poor domestic workers. And this does not mean mere beatings. One Saudi employer chopped the right hand of an Indian woman when she tried to escape ongoing abuse. The Indian foreign ministry says it has filed a strong note of protest with the authorities in Riyadh.
India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said today the punishment was “unacceptable” and that her government had raised the matter with Saudi officials. “This is unacceptable. We have taken this up with [the] Saudi authorities. Our embassy is in touch with the victim,” Swaraj tweeted today.
“Chopping off [the] hand of [the] Indian lady - We are very much disturbed over the brutal manner in which the Indian lady has been treated in Saudi Arabia.” The latest hand chopping occurred within days of another such barbaric incident.
A Saudi employer chopped the right hand of Kasturi Munirathinam, a 58-year-old woman from the southern Indian city of Chennai, when she tried to escape repeated abuse. “When she tried to escape the harassment and torture, her right hand was chopped off by the woman employer. She fell down and sustained serious spinal injuries,” Indian media outlets quoted Munirathinam’s sister as saying.
Meanwhile, Indian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup has also said that New Delhi would “continue to seek justice for the victim.” Beyond rhetoric, it is highly unlikely whether India would take any additional steps against Saudi Arabia.
Only last month, the First Secretary at the Saudi embassy in Delhi was allowed to leave India after it was discovered that he was involved in the repeated rape of two Nepalis women. The two women were domestic workers and were kept locked up in the Saudi’s apartment in an upscale neighborhood of Delhi. Not only the diplomat but a number of other Saudis also sexually abused the women for several months.
When it comes to crimes by the Saudis, they are seldom if ever punished. Take the case of the notorious Saudi preacher Layhan al-Ghamdi who raped his own five-year-old daughter Lhama and then broke her skull and back. The poor girl died in hospital a few weeks later. Ghamdi was imprisoned but on August 29 a judge released him on bail saying there was “insufficient” evidence against him!
The poor girl was raped, her spinal chord broken, as was her skull. What other evidence was the judge looking for?
In the Najdi occupied kingdom, medieval barbaric Bedouin practices are in vogue. Hoping for justice there is like looking for a needle in a haystack. It might be easier to find the needle than justice from the head and hand choppers. Saudi executioners are now paid overtime because more and more domestic servants are trying to escape from the clutches of abusive employers.
And these employers are not only men; Saudi women are equally vicious.