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Saudi employer chops off Indian domestic help's hand; India demands 'severe punishment'

Saudi employer chops off Indian domestic help
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A woman from Tamil Nadu, who was working in a Saudi household as a domestic help, has been admitted to a hospital in Riyadh after her right hand was...

A woman from Tamil Nadu, who was working in a Saudi household as a domestic help, has been admitted to a hospital in Riyadh after her right hand was chopped off by her employer.

Kasturi Munirathinam was reportedly burdened with heavy workload and was not even allowed to make phone calls to her family in India. Her hand was chopped off by her employer as she tried to run away from the house.
The government has condemned the incident and has demanded "severe punishment" for the accused.
"This is unacceptable. We have taken this up with Saudi authorities. Our embassy is in touch with the victim," External Affairs Ministry Sushma Swaraj said.


Earlier, an MEA spokesperson said, “We are aware of the plight of Kasturi Munirathinam, a domestic help who has suffered serious injuries allegedly inflicted by her Saudi Arabian sponsor. This is a very unfortunate and most condemnable incident."
"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,” the spokesperson added.
“India also proposes to take up this issue in the JWG on Labour Matters with Saudi Arabia which will be held in New Delhi on October 12-13 and is the established institutional mechanism for such matters,” he said.
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