Sri Lanka requests salary increase fo...

Sri Lanka requests salary increase for migrant employees in Kuwait and Jordan

There are 17 comments on the Colombo Page story from Apr 7, 2012, titled Sri Lanka requests salary increase for migrant employees in Kuwait and Jordan. In it, Colombo Page reports that:

Apr 07, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has requested from the employers' associations of Kuwait and Jordan to increase the salaries of the Sri Lankan migrant workers, most of whom are housemaids.

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Bombily Sinhalaya

Toronto, Canada

#1 Apr 7, 2012
Ha Ha ha, so Mahinda & company could maintain their live style. Poor Bandas begging the Arabs.

“Hindu God- Dhanwantri”

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#2 Apr 7, 2012
Bombily Sinhalaya wrote:
Ha Ha ha, so Mahinda & company could maintain their live style. Poor Bandas begging the Arabs.
Ha.. Ha.. Ha..

Tamils begging from Arab masters

Thangarasa Jeyanthi, 20 and emaciated, had arrived at the shelter from Lebanon one morning. She had a face as purple and puffy as a plum, eyes swollen shut, burn marks on her body and dried blood still around her ears.

The husband and wife she worked for had assaulted her daily, she said, speaking in the high, anguished voice of a little girl who cannot understand what she has done wrong. They had cut her with a knife, kicked and stomped on her, tied her hands with rope and denied her food.

Her employer's mother had rescued her, taking her to the police. They secured five months back salary for her, and took her to the airport, where strangers moved by her appearance collected $232 for her.

"I never expected to be returned to Sri Lanka," she said. "I always thought only my dead body would come back."

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#3 Apr 7, 2012
Tamil maid hangs herself at Dubai airport: report

DUBAI, Jan 24, 2008 (AFP)- A Sri Lankan maid, in transit on her way home from Kuwait to see her children for the first time in three years, hanged herself in a toilet at Dubai airport, an Emirati daily said on Thursday.

The report came just two days after the oil-rich Gulf states reached agreement with labour-sending Asian countries at a meeting in Abu Dhabi to join forces against the exploitation of migrant workers.

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#4 Apr 7, 2012
Kala Sangarapillai, 30, from the Batticaloa district of eastern Sri Lanka took her own life three weeks ago, the English-language Al-Khaleej Times newspaper said, citing a forensics officer from Dubai police.

"The Sri Lankan woman hanged herself from the ceiling of the airport's ladies restroom and was found by the cleaners. The body of the victim is still in the police mortuary," the paper quoted him as saying.

Sangarapillai's aunt, Thangeswari Sivalingam, told the paper by telephone that the family had been devastated by word of her death amid their excitement at the prospect of seeing her again after such a long absence.

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#5 Apr 7, 2012
"We cannot believe this has happened. Her four children were eagerly waiting to see their mother, who was supposed to spend a few days with them before she went back to work. We see no reason for her to have resorted to such an extreme step," she said.

According to Thangeswari, her niece, who had been abandoned by her husband, had borrowed heavily to find work as she was keen to give her son and three daughters a good education.

"We were all so happy that we were going to see her. Now, we are waiting for the body to reach us. Only then, we would really believe she is no more," the paper quoted her as saying.

Millions of migrant workers, most of them south Asian, seek work in the Gulf each year, many of them paying huge advances to sometimes unscrupulous middlemen which they then have to repay as well as sending remittances to their families.

Some migrants, unable to pay off their debts, are forced to return home empty-handed.

Each year Gulf newspapers report a few dozen cases in which workers take their own lives rather than face the shame of admitting to failing in their dreams of finding their fortune.

In December, an Indian labourer committed suicide after his employer, who had not paid him in five months, refused to lend him the equivalent of 13 dollars so that he could see a doctor.

The Gulf states frequently come under fire from human rights watchdogs for their failure to do more to improve the working and living conditions of migrant workers.

Tuesday's agreement between their governments and Asian labour-sending countries followed a call from New York-based Human Right Watch for the meeting to take action to halt "widespread violations" of the rights of migrant workers.

“Hindu God- Dhanwantri”

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#6 Apr 7, 2012
Dead Tamil maid still in morgue

From Leon Berenger in Dubai

Nearly five weeks after a Sri Lankan housemaid allegedly committed suicide inside the Dubai International Airport her body continues to remain in a local police mortuary awaiting bureaucratic approval from the Colombo authorities before her remains could be flown back to her family, officials said.

Sangarapillai Kala, a 30-year-old mother of two was found by janitors, hanging from a beam inside a ladies washroom in early January. She is a native from Batticaloa district, Consulate officials in Dubai told The Sunday Times.

S.A. Zaid, the Labour Attache with the Consulate said the young mother had arrived from neighbouring Kuwait and was on transit at the Dubai airport waiting to catch a connecting flight to Colombo when she had apparently taken her own life.

The motive for the suicide was not known, and any possible foul play was ruled out following positive lab tests, Mr. Zaid said. He added it was now for the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment to make the arrangements-like meeting the expenses for the body to be flown back to Colombo. The next of kin have already been informed, according to Mr. Zaid.

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#7 Apr 7, 2012
A woman resident of Vakarai was severely tortured in Saudi Arabia by her employer that left her seriously maimed. She was handed over to her relatives at the Foreign Employment Bureau Office, on Monday. The Victim is Manohary Bawani, a mother of two children who went to Saudi Arabia in June 2003 to work as a housemaid in Damam.

The trouble started when she had asked for her wages after a lapse of two years.

She was hanged upside down and some chemicals put into her eyes. Her hair was set on fire and her ears were burned as a result, she said.“I was burnt with a hot iron rod”, she further said.

She couldn’t communicate with anyone and when she managed to report to the Police, they did nothing other than handing over to the employer following which she was subjected to more torture, Bawani said.

“Finally I was left stranded on the road and the Police who found me sent me to the Sri Lankan embassy, which made arrangement to send me back home” she said.

“Hindu God- Dhanwantri”

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#8 Apr 7, 2012
Advertisements in a Tamil daily promise work for needy women. The maids arrive; they are fingerprinted and photographed. Their ration card is xeroxed and their addresses taken. They are registered after verification of the referrals. They pay the agency an annual retainer though some agencies maintain that they do not charge this fee.

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#9 Apr 7, 2012
RIYADH: A Sri Lankan maid who completed her two-year contract in Saudi Arabia was murdered by her Saudi sponsor in Al-Jouf province, said the Sri Lankan Embassy in Riyadh.

Pavani Devi Sinnaiyah, 36, who was working in Al-Qurayat in Al-Jouf province, some 1,200 km from Riyadh, died under mysterious circumstances on Jan. 19. Police have arrested her Saudi sponsor in connection to her death.

“According to the autopsy report received this week from Riyadh, Sinnaiyah was murdered,” said a senior Sri Lankan diplomat. He added that the Saudi authorities are carrying out further investigations to ascertain the killer’s motive.

The maid was killed exactly five months after completing her two years.“A dispute could have possibly occurred when the sponsor wanted the maid to continue working even after the contract period,” he said, adding that Sri Lankan maids prefer to return home on completion of their employment contracts.

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#10 Apr 7, 2012
Selladorai Pushpavalli (36), had made a promise to her four children that she will bring them each a box of chocolates when she returned home, after completing two years in Dhamman, Saudi Arabia. In the coming week, Pushpavalli will return to her makeshift home in Harispathuwa — in a box.
“We have no money to buy her a coffin. My sister went to Saudi Arabia because she had no husband. She did not find a way to feed her four children, so she went to the Kurunegala Branch of an employment agency situated in Colombo and went to Saudi Arabia on November 10, 2008. We did not receive a single letter from her during her stay there.

“Hindu God- Dhanwantri”

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#11 Apr 7, 2012
A Tamil housemaid has accused her Kuwaiti employer of hammering 14 nails into her body, in the second such incident in the past few months, a local doctor said Saturday.

The woman, identified only as Lechchami, 38, underwent surgery to have the nails removed after returning home to Sri Lanka, the director of the hospital in the northwestern town of Kurunegala said.

“We have removed nine out of the 14 wire nails that showed up in X-rays,” hospital director Soma Rajamanthri told AFP.

The doctor said the woman had told surgeons that her Kuwaiti employers drove the nails into her hands and left leg – some as long as 3.5 centimetres (1.5 inches)– when she asked for her salary after working for six months.

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#12 Apr 7, 2012
SR40,000 blood money given to kin of Tamil maid

SATURDAY, 28 MAY 2011 10:14

The family of a Tamil maid who was murdered by a Saudi sponsor's wife received SR40,000 as compensation for the death, the Sri Lankan Embassy told Arab News.

The autopsy report of the maid, identified as 36-year-old Pospawalli Selladurai, revealed that she had been murdered.

Al-Jouf police arrested the woman, who is still in remand. She will be released as soon as the paper work is completed following the payment of blood money, which amounts to about $10,650.

“The amount was the best we could extract from the convicted party,” a Sri Lankan diplomat explained on condition of anonymity. He also said the court could later order a lesser amount of money paid.

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#13 Apr 7, 2012
Tamil housemaid severely tortured

THURSDAY, 16 JUNE 2011 04:48

By- R. Anurudthan

A woman resident of Vakarai was severely tortured in Saudi Arabia by her employer that left her seriously maimed. She was handed over to her relatives at the Foreign Employment Bureau Office, on Monday. The Victim is Manohary Bawani, a mother of two children who went to Saudi Arabia in June 2003 to work as a housemaid in Damam.

The trouble started when she had asked for her wages after a lapse of two years.

She was hanged upside down and some chemicals put into her eyes. Her hair was set on fire and her ears were burned as a result, she said.“I was burnt with a hot iron rod”, she further said.

She couldn’t communicate with anyone and when she managed to report to the Police, they did nothing other than handing over to the employer following which she was subjected to more torture, Bawani said.

“Finally I was left stranded on the road and the Police who found me sent me to the Sri Lankan embassy, which made arrangement to send me back home” she said.

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#14 Apr 7, 2012
RIYADH: The body of the Sri Lankan maid who was allegedly murdered by her Saudi sponsor was repatriated last week, the Sri Lankan Embassy told Arab News on Saturday.

Pavani Devi Sinnaiyah, 36, who was working in Al-Ghorayath, Jouf province, about 1,200 km from the capital, died under mysterious circumstances on Jan. 19.

“We have the autopsy report from the authorities confirming that the death was due to homicide,” said a senior diplomat from the Sri Lankan mission in Riyadh who did not want his name published.

He added that police detained the sponsor as a suspect in the killing.

Sinnaiyah, who was unmarried, came to the Kingdom in 2008 from Maskeliya. The diplomat said the embassy is pursuing the case by attempting to acquire power of attorney from the victim’s next of kin. If found guilty, the suspect would be at the mercy of the next-of-kin in Sri Lanka, who would either forgive him and demand blood money or insist he be put to death. The official said the maid was killed five months after she completed her two-year contract. Speculating as to the motive, the official suggested the maid and the sponsor were at odds over continuing to work for him beyond the contract period.
SriLankan

Anguillara Veneta, Italy

#15 Apr 7, 2012
Bombily Sinhalaya wrote:
Ha Ha ha, so Mahinda & company could maintain their live style. Poor Bandas begging the Arabs.
Ha ha ha ha..Poor demalas begging the sinhalese for decades.paw demalu
Zigar

Toronto, Canada

#16 Apr 7, 2012
SriLankan wrote:
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Ha ha ha ha..Poor demalas begging the sinhalese for decades.paw demalu
Ponzi, Wht are you begging the Italian beggars?
Sri Lankan

Doha, Qatar

#17 Apr 18, 2012
Before an increase in Salary, it will be beneficial to focus on getting the salaries on time and better living condition and working hours for the house maids.
The request for more salaries means--- more delays in getting the salaries on time or not even been paid at all.
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