Lankan maid with 24 nails in body operated upon

A Sri Lankan housemaid with 24 nails embedded in her body after allegedly being tortured by her employer is to undergo surgery tomorrow, her doctors said.

Updated: Aug 26, 2010, 21:09 PM IST

Colombo: A Sri Lankan housemaid with 24
nails embedded in her body after allegedly being tortured by
her employer is to undergo surgery tomorrow, her doctors said.

L T Ariyawathi, 49, said her employer in Saudi Arabia
inflicted the injuries on her as a punishment.
She flew back to Sri Lanka last week and was admitted
to Kamburupitiya hospital in the island`s south, hospital
director Prabath Gajadeera told agency today.

"She was brought in complaining that her Saudi
employer drove nails into her body, and X-rays showed that
there were 24 nails and a needle," Gajadeera said. "There is
one nail on the forehead, just under the skin."

The nails were up to five centimetres long and were
mostly beneath the skin of Ariyawathi`s hands, feet and legs.

Gajadeera said there appeared to be no damage to her
internal organs.

The woman, who travelled to Saudi Arabia in March, was
deeply traumatised and unable to give full details of her
experience.
Around 1.8 million Sri Lankans are employed abroad, of
whom 70 per cent are women.

Most work as housemaids in the Middle East, while
smaller numbers work in Singapore and Hong Kong.

PTI