Malegaon: The abuse of foreign
maids shows no signs of abating, especially with the emergence of
another case involving two Indian maids, says the Saudi English
According to the
report published in Arab News, Jamila and Zarina (not
their real names) went to Saudi Arabia from the southern Indian city
of Hyderabad to work as maids some months ago.
“After we came in
the Kingdom, we
discovered that our sponsor had made a deal with a recruitment
agency and we were made to work in different houses for different
families, something we were not told in India,” said Zarina.
One of the
families Zarina was sent to work for kept pushing her into their
swimming pool, beat her and locked her up in a room for eight days
when she refused to work and said she wanted to return to India.
“I begged the
sponsor to let me go back to India, but he said that I should either
pay him SR15,000 or I could go and die,” Arab News quoted her
“The sponsor is
asking for SR15,000 from me and SR10,000 from Jamila to send us back
to India. We are very poor; where can we get so much money from?”
she said. “We worked as slaves for months but nobody paid us a
single riyal. The money we earned was given to the agency,” she
“And we aren’t the
only women, there were other women in the agency. I don’t know what
happened to them,” she added.
Jamila came to the
Kingdom to earn money to pay for an operation for her five-year-old
sick daughter who has a hole in her heart.
“I borrowed money
to come here; even my mother is sick. For one month, the sponsor
kept me locked up. It was Ramadan and for the entire month he gave
me nothing to eat but two dates at iftar, and I used to drink water
from a tap,” she said.
“After that he
turned me over to the agency where I met Zarina who had been living
like me. My daughter is very sick and her condition is serious. I
thought I would come here and work and do something for my daughter,
but this is what happened. I put my head on my sponsor’s feet and
begged him to let me go back to India to my sick daughter,” she
Both women are
appealing to the Indian community and to the authorities to come
forward and save them and help them return to India.