Saturday, November 27, 2010

Saudi 'regrets' Indonesian maid's mistreatment ~ beaten, burnt, broken bones, stabbed and slashed with scissors

Nov. 17, 2010, Sumiati from Indonesia lies in a bed at King Fahd hospital in Medina, Saudi Arabia. She arrived in Saudi Arabia a high-spirited 23-year-old, eager to start work as a maid so she could help support her family back home. Four months later, Sumiati was Indonesia's poster child for migrant abuse.


The real question is how many maids are going to have to be carried out of that place on a stretcher?

Kissing up:


..an official of the Indonesian consulate in Jeddah.

"(Ms) Sumiati is recovering now. She is in a good state of health ... her appetite is good," Mr Wahyudi told AFP.

"But she needs to be operated on at least once again, on her abdomen," he added.

This is an example of how much the Indonesians don't want to offend ~ there are two parts, people can earn a lot of money relative to what they earn in their countries. And two, the Indonesians view the Saudis as superior ~ as God's chosen people.

These countries have classes on how to be a maid in a foreign country ~ where these girls could just as easily learn computers or some other valuable skill.

There are no laws to protect foreign workers. I'm surprised this lady was even arrested.



AN INDONESIAN maid badly beaten by her Saudi employer is recovering but faces more operations, an Indonesian diplomat said, as the Saudi labour ministry said it regretted the case.

Sumiati Binti Salan Mustapa, 23, remains in hospital in Medina but faces more operations after being found two weeks ago suffering from stab wounds, burns to her scalp and other injuries from an abusive employer, said Diddi Wahyudi, an official of the Indonesian consulate in Jeddah.

"(Ms) Sumiati is recovering now. She is in a good state of health ... her appetite is good," Mr Wahyudi told AFP.

"But she needs to be operated on at least once again, on her abdomen," he added.

The case shocked and outraged rights groups and labour activists as another example of the paucity of protection for millions of mostly Asian domestic workers, especially in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states.

Her employer, a Saudi woman who has since been arrested, allegedly beat the maid, causing internal bleeding and broken bones, put a hot iron to her head and stabbed and slashed her with scissors.

Saudi Arabia's labour ministry said in a statement it was sorry about the case, but called it an isolated incident.

"The ministry expresses its regret for what happened to the Indonesian woman (Ms) Sumiati," it said in a statement on the official SPA news agency.

"What happened is an individual case and it should not be generalised."

"There are more than 670,000 domestic workers of all nationalities in the kingdom and they enjoy full rights. Such individual cases are offensive to everyone," it said.

Ms Sumiati was visited in her Medina hospital room on Thursday and Friday by Indonesian state minister for women's empowerment and child protection, Linda Agum Gumelar.

Mr Wahyudi said Ms Sumiati is still seeking her pay and other benefits from several months of employment in Saudi Arabia.

"She has nothing, she does not even have a single abaya," Mr Wahyudi said of the black cloak that all women in Saudi Arabia must wear in public.

"She wants her employer to be punished severely," he added.

He said the Indonesian government was still pursuing the case of another Indonesian maid, Kikim Komalasari, whose beaten body was found near Abha earlier this month.

Two people, her employers, have been arrested in that case, Mr Wahyudi said.

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