‘Unacceptable,’ Says India After Woman’s Arm is Chopped Off By Saudi Employer

Terming as ‘unacceptable’ the incident where an Indian woman’s arm was chopped off by her employer in Saudi Arabia, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday said the matter has been taken up with Saudi authorities.

“We are very much disturbed over the brutal manner in which Indian lady has been treated in Saudi Arabia,” Swaraj tweeted.

The Minister said Indian embassy is in touch with the victim, 55-year-old Kashturi Munirathinam, a Tamil Nadu native.

Condemning the incident, Swaraj said on Twitter, “This is unacceptable. We have taken this up with Saudi authorities.”

India has demanded that a case of attempted murder be lodged against the culprit.

The family of the woman, working as a domestic help in Saudi Arabia, has alleged that her right hand was chopped off by her employer when she tried to escape harassment and torture.

“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 and urged that a case of attempted murder be lodged against the sponsor so that he is punished, if found guilty as per law,” the Spokesperson in the External Affairs Ministry had said on Thursday.

Munirathinam is currently being looked after in a Saudi hospital.

Kasthuri’s version

Kasthuri had reached Saudi Arabia two months ago and was working as a housemaid.

She was first taken to a house in Damam and then to a house in Riyadh. From the beginning, the members tortured her physically and mentally, and barred her from phoning her relatives back home.

She was locked up for talking to a fellow Tamil native. They assaulted her and even threatened to kill her. Frightened, Kasthuri escaped from the room by getting out through the door. However, when she reached outside, someone pounced upon her and amputated her arm. She lost conscious and does not it remember the sequence of events.

She had gone to Saudi to financially support her family that consists of her ill husband and four children.

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