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Saudi woman jailed for attacking her maid 10, January 2011

Posted by thegulfblog.com in Saudi Arabia.
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The BBC reports that a Saudi women has been (miraculously) jailed for three years for severely beating her maid. The maid from Indonesia was burned with an iron to the face, stabbed with scissors and suffered from numerous broken burns.

The Indonesian Embassy is pushing for a harsher sentence given than the maximum sentence possible was 15 years.

Human Rights Watch reports that this was the first time a jail sentence has been passed down to a Saudi national for such an attack.

 

Saudi nails maid as punishment 25, August 2010

Posted by thegulfblog.com in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia.
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Reports have emerged of a Sri Lanken maid in Saudi Arabia whose employers hammered 23 nails into her body as punishment for not doing enough work. Not too much else to say about that particular story, really.

Whilst this example is particularly extreme, the torture and abuse of maids and other domestic servants is a thoroughly endemic problem in many Gulf States. As I have said before, pick up a Kuwaiti newspaper are you are guaranteed to find examples of Maids running away from their employers brutality or clippings of maids having killed themselves.

When I returned to Kuwait in August 2009, the first newspaper I saw had three such stories. The first maid killed her self by jumping off a balcony. The second maid killed herself by swallowing bleach. The third maid attempted to kill herself by taking a massive drug overdose.

I think it’s worth repeating: these stories are daily occurrences in Kuwait and, I suspect, Saudi Arabia.

Just try to imagine for a second just how atrocious her life must have been where swallowing bleach seemed to be the better option.