Sunday, October 11, 2015

Saudi employer denies chopping maid’s hand - By FPJ Bureau - The Free Press Journal, Mumbai, India.

The details now emerging from Saudi Employer's statement show how media, especially Western media is quick on the draw in demonizing Muslims, Arabs and Saudis, in an ongoing Islamophobic crusade. 

In this case, it is regrettable that India's top Foreign Office minister Shushma Swaraj, with full Riyadh Embassy staff at her command, should follow the 'hand chopping' media headline news to issue India's strong reaction, --- reality being damned.

Ghulam Muhammed, Mumbai


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Saudi employer denies chopping maid’s hand

— By FPJ Bureau | Oct 11, 2015 12:21 am

“India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj reacted on Twitter: “Chopping of hand of Indian lady – we are very much disturbed over the brutal manner in which Indian lady has been treated in Saudi Arabia.” Sushma Swaraj / External Affairs Minister reacted on Twitter
Riyadh : The Saudi Arabian employer of an Indian domestic help whose hand was “chopped off” has said the woman had to get her hand amputated in hospital after she damaged it badly while jumping from the third floor of their house in Riyadh.
Arab News newspaper quoted the First Secretary (Community Welfare) of the Indian Embassy Anil Nautiyal as saying on Friday that the Indian mission has demanded a full-scale inquiry into the incident, reports IANS.The Saudi sponsor told Arab News that the right hand of Kasturi Munirathinam, 55, was amputated as a result of her failed attempt to flee by jumping from a window.
He said she was recruited two months ago to serve his mother who is 70 and lives alone in an apartment in Riyadh. On Thursday, the housemaid went to her room while my mother was performing Asr prayer and locked herself inside. “She knotted together bed sheets and some of her clothes and dangled the rope out of the window so that she could jump from the third floor.
“An expat worker on the street saw her trying to jump, and when she fell she landed on two electricity boxes, which caused severe damage to her hand.
“The worker then informed the building guard and my mother informed police and the Red Crescent about the incident. “The rescuers arrived on the scene and transferred the housemaid to the hospital where she underwent amputation surgery to her right hand,” he told the newspaper. “Police investigated the accident and checked all the evidence at the site and concluded that the woman tried to jump from the window and fell from the  third floor,” he said. The doctors who performed surgery on Kasturi informed embassy officials that she was out of danger and would soon be able to travel. India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj reacted on Twitter: “Chopping of hand of Indian lady – we are very much disturbed over the brutal manner in which Indian lady has been treated in Saudi Arabia.”

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