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Indonesian accuses NRI couple of abusing her

A woman, working as a housekeeper, gives graphic and chilling details of torture she suffered at the hands of her multi-millionaire Indian American employers.

india Updated: Nov 06, 2007 18:16 IST

A housekeeper, who was allegedly enslaved by multi-millionaire Indian American couple, gave graphic and chilling details of torture she suffered at the hands of her employers and showed the jury how she was made to scrub the floor three times a day and how she was poked repeatedly with a knife.

51-year-old Samirah from Indonesia, testified before a court in New York through an interpreter that she was scalded with hot water for sleeping late, pilfering food as she was not given enough to eat, forced to walk naked to the kitchen, repeatedly beaten and forced to eat 100 chilies.

She was also forced to eat chilly power mixed with salt water and when she vomited, she was asked to eat her own vomit.

Varsha Mahender Sabhnani and Mahender Murlidhar Sabhnani, who ran a perfume business from their mansion in Long Island, a New York suburb, are accused of enslaving and torturing two Indonesian women they employed for house work.

They are out on a USD 4.5 million bail but under the conditions of the bail, they have to stay in the mansion and pay almost USD 10,000 a day for security. If convicted, they could get up to 40 years in jail.

Samirah repeatedly told the court that she pleaded with "the Mrs" Varsha Sabhnani-- to let her go back.

She was promised to be paid USD 100 a month which was to be sent to a relative in Indonesia. But she said she did not get any money.