Dubai: 23 nails hammered into Lankan maid's body
Quoting a senior diplomat in the Lankan Embassy in Riyadh, Arab News reported that 50-year-old maid Ariyawathie was toruted by her sponsor in Riyadh.
"We have received this complaint from Foreign Ministry in Colombo, who said the maid has been allegedly tortured by her sponsor. We are looking for the sponsor. We were able to track down the Saudi recruitment agent in Riyadh and we will summon the sponsor to discuss this issue," the diplomat from the Sri Lankan mission said.
Ariyawathie is currently back in Sir Lanka, undergoing treatment at Kamburipitya Base Hospital in Matara district.
Speaking to Sri Lankan TV channel, Newsfirst Sirasa, the victim of torture said that her employers used to put a nail into her body everytime she wanted to rest due to tiredness.
She even showed the marks where the nails had gone through.
"I had to work continuously since I had to do the chores of all the occupants and when I wanted to take rest due to tiredness, they inserted the nail in my body as punishment.I had to work from dawn to dusk. I hardly slept. They beat me and threatened to kill me and hide my body," she told the channel.
"They were really devils with no mercy at all," she added, claiming that she escaped the torture by arranging for travel documents to return home on her own expense.