Close on the heels of the Indian embassy suspending attestation of visas for housemaids, two maids yesterday sought the mission’s intervention for their repatriation.
The two, who came separately in a gap of one hour, said they had left their respective employers’ homes after they were brutally assaulted by members of the houses. One even bore swollen marks on her forearm and leg, which, she alleged, had occurred after sponsor’s family members hit her with hot iron.
The other complained that she was not given food for two days and was subjected to severe beating by a member of the family, where she worked.
Mary Theresa, and Venkatalakshmi, hailing from Andhra Pradesh, have come to Qatar over three months ago. They could speak only in their mother tongue, Telugu. They said they had received only one month’s salary so far. Their salary, said an embassy official, was much less than the minimum salary for maids (QR600) set by the mission while attesting their visas.
Venkatalakshmi said she had come to Qatar on a visa arranged by a relative. She said she had to seek an employment in Qatar to support the medical treatment of her five-year-old son, who is suffering from a cardiac ailment.
Embassy officials took the maids to Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) for a medical check-up.
Indian Ambassador George Joseph said both have been sent to the deportation centre on their request.
The embassy has also informed the Foreign Ministry about the maltreatment of the two by their sponsors.
Of late, there has been a spate of complaints of harassment and physical assault at the Indian mission lodged by housemaids. Estimates put the number of Indian housemaids working in Qatar at about 10,000.
Source: Gulf Times
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