Clubbed and whipped, maid returns with multiple injuries
By Shane Seneviratne
A Sri Lankan housemaid has been admitted to the Kandy Hospital after her return home from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia where she was physically abused by her employers.

The 34-year-old Keerthilatha from Asigiriya returned after two years with severe burn and cut injuries on her face and chest areas. She told The Sunday Times that she received the burn injuries when her boss' wife and daughter threw some kind of liquid on her body.

She said she was whipped with a wire and beaten with a club by the two women although her boss was a police officer. Keerthilatha's sister Dodamwala Hemalatha said her sister made several complaints to the job agency which found her the job, but little or no action was taken. She said all what her sister got was US$ 931 as her salary which she was paid in one cheque when she returned. After Keerthilatha lodged a complaint with the Kandy police, the job agency owner was taken in for questioning and Sub Inspector A.B. Weerasekera is carrying out further investigations.

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