Jayalalithaa seeks Modi’s help in Saudi Indian maid case

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chennai
  • Updated: Oct 25, 2015 00:30 IST
Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa. The AIADKMK leader has formally asked PM Modi to intervene in the case of an Indian domestic worker whos earm was allegedly chopped off by her employers in Saudi Arabia. (PTI Photo)

Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa on Saturday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to personally intervene in the case of an Indian domestic worker in Saudi Arabia whose arm was allegedly cut off by her employer, and esnure that she was brought back home.

In a letter to the prime minister, Jayalalithaa sought the personal intervention to help Kasthuri Munirathnam, who hails from the Tamil Nadu town of Vellore, who is currently convalescing in a hospital in Riyadh, as her life is at risk now.

Jayalalithaa expressed concern that Saudi Arabian authorities are now trying to paint her as a mentally unstable person and portraying her as a liar, alleging that injuries she suffered were not inflicted by her employer as per her testimony.

Indian embassy officials who had interacted with Ms Kasthuri have described her mental condition as being very stable, Jayalalithaa said. The AIADMK chief added that recent media reports indicate that Saudi police are trying to project a picture as though the injuries were suffered while Ms Kasthuri tried to escape from her employer’s house and were not inflicted by her employer.

Jayalalithaa said that she was reflecting the concern of the family and people of Tamil Nadu that her basic rights were being violated to protect her local employers. “The government of India should take all steps to provide the best medical treatment to her and ensure her early and safe return to India. During her stay in Saudi Arabia adequate security also needs to be provided to her,” Jayalalitha said in her letter.

“I request you to kindly have the matter taken up at the highest level possible so that justice is metered out to Ms Kasturi and she is afforded the best possible medical treatment and given adequate financial compensation for the injuries and hardship she has suffered and is enabled to return home safely at the earliest,” Jayalalithaa said.

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