Dubai: In a gruesome incident, a
Saudi family has allegedly hammered 23 nails into a Sri Lankan
maid`s body, a media report said, quoting a senior diplomat in
the Lankan Embassy in Riyadh.
"We have received this complaint from Foreign Ministry
in Colombo, who said the maid has been allegedly tortured by
"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 in Riyadh told `Arab News`.
The maid, 50-year-old Ariyawathie, has returned
to Sri Lanka and has been undergoing treatment at Kamburipitya
Base Hospital in Matara district, 140 kms from Colombo.
On Sri Lankan TV channel `Newsfirst Sirasa`, the maid
showed the marks where the nails had gone through and claimed
there were too many people to serve in the house she worked,
the report said.
"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 said.
Ariyawathie claimed that she arranged her travel
documents to return home on her own expense. "They were really
devils with no mercy at all," she said.
According to records at the Sri Lankan Embassy, the
maid came to the Kingdom on March 25.
The diplomat said that the sponsor had bypassed the
mission and made his own arrangements to send the woman home.
"We can only deal with cases that come up before the mission."
He, however, added that the mission would take action
following the complaint to the embassy from Colombo.