Sri Lanka to phase out maids going to Saudi

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Sri Lankans protest for release of prisoner in Saudi

Sri Lankan human rights activists demonstrate outside the Saudi embassy in Colombo on July 11, 2012. The demonstrators demanded the release of Sri Lankan worker Premanath Perera who had been jailed in Saudi Arabia for allegedly worshipping an image of Buddha. Activists say the Sri Lankan worker had been convicted recently and want Sri Lankan authorities to secure his release and bring him back to the island. (AFP/Getty Images)

Thursday, 12 Jul 2012 10:38 AM
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Posted by: Anonymous

A tragedy for all involved. Killing the poor lady seems a bit harsh considering her age etc. If proper training was given then such things may not happen. Also the way the treat their maids is unacceptable. There are so many cases of people treating them like slaves or worse than they would animals. They dont even have windows in their rooms. Their A/C units are not like the rest in the houses but their rooms are warmer because they are small. Its about time the law makers considered human rights. After all they are often the ones raising the kids. I looked after my children and would see so many maids in the park playing with the kids and no parents to be seen. And lastly dont make them wear pajamas, let them be individuals just like the rest of us.

Laborers too should be mentioned. They often die and nothing is heard of them. If this was any other part of the world these things would not happen.

Posted by: JLD

Nezaud, it is a tragedy for the parents but maybe that will teach them not to abuse other people's children just because they are underprivileged. Domestic helpers are NOT slaves. They have feelings like you and me. It's about time Gulf and Arab countries put some laws to protect these people who are raising your children and cleaning your homes. It's a two way street. They need a job and you need a helper.

Capital punishment makes the punisher just as bad as the person who has committed the crime.

Posted by: Steady

As usual the posturing by politicians to ride the domestic storm! These jobs are needed for the country and the maids themselves to break out of their cycle of poverty hence they should establish an induction support structure and maid cells in embassies instead of this hypocritical posturing!

Posted by: procan

Having your head cut off pretty much ends your cycle of poverty.

Posted by: ASM

It is a right step taken by Srilanka. I hope other nations like Indonesia, India and Philipines too stop supplying housemaids to these rogues. Let those rich Saudi females do their own household works and look after their babies.

Posted by: R.Cherry

Appreciate your comments Mr.Nezud.... but as every one know third world countries are depending on non-resident foreign currencies to support the economy min 40% but unfortunately the actual the fact behind for making up this amount is human blood and tears...I bow my head to the brothers and sisters who are in the Middle-east specially for paying their life for the cause of the nations. I salute you.
And force the diplomatic community to raise your voice, and make it your only goal to serve and protect them.

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