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Lankan maid seeks refuge in consulate

Saturday January 8, 2005
@ Central Chronicle


DUBAI: Her Gulf dream turned into a nightmare, Parmeshwari, a Sri Lankan housemaid, has sought refuge in her country's consulate here with a mind and body bruised from months of alleged torture.

She succeeded in fleeing from her employer in Ras Al Khaimah on Wednesday morning in her second attempt after she had ended up in a locked room back in her employer's house - and the first when she sought refuge at a police station.

The 27-year-old, who had acid burns on both her hands and feet and a laceration on her forehead, allegedly inflicted by her employer's family - Egyptian expatriates - was hardly able to speak to reporters.

"The burns on my hands and feet are the outcome of their torture," she said.

"I was given just one meal daily in the evening and made to work throughout day and night. It was a large family, with over 20 people, and the house was big with six rooms. I used to clean the house daily and help in cooking. But, it was very difficult for one person to clean the entire house daily, alongside carrying out other household chores," Parmeshwari said.

"My employer's wife and daughter (a school teacher) would beat me up and often poured the toilet cleaning acid on my limbs as punishment for not carrying out the chores properly," said Par- meshwari, showing her hands and feet which are swollen and have skin cracking up due to acid burns.

As the torture was becoming unbearable, she decided to run away.

This time she was clear she would report the matter to the Sri Lankan mission office in Dubai. "An earlier attempt to flee home had failed since I made the mistake of going straight to a police station in Ras Al Khaimah to lodge a complaint against my employ- er. But, I was sent back to my employer after which they would lock me up in the house.

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