Saudi Family Accused Of Torturing Maid With 24 Nails For Complaining

August 26, 2010

(ChattahBox) – A Sri Lankan woman has been hospitalized after she said the Saudi Arabian family she worked for tortured her for complaining of nearly constant work by sticking heated nails and needles into her body, and forcing her to continue working through the pain.

Ariyawathi, a 49-year-old Sri Lankan woman, says that the people she was working for would force her to work almost continually without breaks. When she complained of the over work, they forced her to endure a torture by needles and nails, which were left in her body.

They also withheld three months of her pay and bought her a ticket home, sending her back to Sri Lanka with a serious medical condition. A day later, she went to the hospital with intense pain, and the doctors found the pieces of metal in her body, still within though the puncture marks had healed over.

The 24 nails were all between 1 and 2 inches long, and there were several in her knees and ankles, making it hard for the woman to walk. Ariyawathi says that the woman heated them and helped to hold her down as the man pushed them into her body.

She did not report the incident or continued abuse from the family to the Saudi authorities out of fear of retribution, including not being allowed to go home or keep the small amount of wages they would allow her to keep.

The Sri Lankan government has filed an official complaint with the Saudi’s, seeking proper compensation for her pain, her stolen wages, and punishment for the family who is accused of such an evil, inhumane act.

The needles will be remove on Friday, and until then, Ariyawathi is being kept on antibiotics and painkillers.


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