Hyderabad woman tortured in Riyadh

Hyderabad woman tortured in Riyadh
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The family members of a woman, who went to Riyadh in Saudi Arabia as house maid, alleged that she was being subjected to harassment by her employer. The woman, called Shaik Sakina of Fateh Darwaza area in Hyderabad, went to Riyadh on October 15, 2015, through a Mumbai-based Rizwan Overseas Human Resources by spending around Rs 50, 000, informed her son, Shaik Ali.

Warangal: The family members of a woman, who went to Riyadh in Saudi Arabia as house maid, alleged that she was being subjected to harassment by her employer. The woman, called Shaik Sakina of Fateh Darwaza area in Hyderabad, went to Riyadh on October 15, 2015, through a Mumbai-based Rizwan Overseas Human Resources by spending around Rs 50, 000, informed her son, Shaik Ali.

Before going to Riyadh, she was promised a salary of Saudi Riyals 1200 but after reaching there she was offered Saudi Riyals 1000. In addition to that, she was forced to work at four to five houses for long hours and was subjected to mental and physical torture, he said. Unable to bear the torture, she approached the Indian Embassy on January 24, 2016, where she was kept for four days.

She was later shifted to Saudi Sifarat Khana (Embassy Quarter) and lodged there for the past three months on the pretext that she was mentally upset, Ali complained. He complained about the issue to the local police but to no avail. Following which, he approached social worker Shaik Chand Pasha of Warangal, who was working for victims of Gulf victims through his Gulf Returnees Welfare Society.

Pasha has in turn written letters to the Indian Embassy officials in Riyadh, Telangana CMO and PMO to respond to the plight of Sakina. ‘I appealed to the officials to take up the issue seriously and initiate immediate measures to bring the woman back,’ he said speaking to The Hans India on Friday.

He further stated that there were large numbers of women suffering in Gulf countries after they went there to serve as housemaids. The majority of them were not offered the promised salary and were compelled to long hours drudgery rendering them physically weak. The officials concerned should look into issue and take up remedial measures, he added.

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