India seeks justice for hand-chopped victim

India orders Saudi Arabia to take rapid action against ‘brutal’ hand-chopping attack carried out on its citizen

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Official spokesperson of India Ministry of External Affairs Vikas Swarup.

India demands Saudi Arabia take strict action against the Saudi employer who cut off the hand of an Indian domestic worker last week in Mungileri village near Katpadi in Tamil Nadu, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup said on Friday.

Kasturi Munirathinam, 50, was attacked brutally as she was trying to escape from the home located in Vellore last week due to being poorly treated.

"This incident is deeply disturbing. The victim is currently stable," Swarup said.

"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,” he added.

“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."

Following Swarup’s comments, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj also tweeted on Wednesday that "chopping off hand of Indian lady - We are very much disturbed over the brutal manner in which Indian lady has been treated in Saudi Arabia."

"This is unacceptable. We have taken this up with Saudi authorities. Our embassy is in touch with the victim," Swaraj added.

Saudi authorities haven’t made any comment on the issue yet.

Last month, Saudi Arabia was shaken with news of a Saudi Arabian diplomat raping two Nepalese domestic workers in an apartment on the outskirts of India's capital.

Thousands of economic migrants, mostly from South or Southeast Asia, try to escape poverty and choose Saudi Arabia as a final destination to reach better economical conditions.  

However, they are then faced with the sponsorship system which does not allow domestic labourers to leave the country without the permission of their employers.

This system leads to a modern version of slavery for the workers, in where they are obliged to work under ill-treatment, sexual and physical harassment. 

TRTWorld and agencies