An Indian housemaid in Qatar has sought protection from the Indian embassy, alleging harassment at the hands of her sponsor. It's the fifth case where an Indian maid has lodged a complaint against her sponsor with the embassy in less than a week.
Indian Ambassador to Qatar George Joseph said the woman was already sent to the deportation center and her husband would join her on Thursday. The Indian embassy has also formally informed the foreign ministry about the incident, Joseph said.
The woman hailing from Madanapally in Chittur district of Andhra Pradesh, had come to Qatar nine months ago to work at the house of her sponsor in Al Kheesa, few kilometres north of Al Kartiyat. Her husband joined her five months later.
"When my husband, who is employed as the house driver, asked for our salary, the sponsor not only beat him in front of me but asked me to sleep with him," the maid alleged.
The couple had eloped from their native village after their inter-caste marriage and had been keeping aloof from their families before coming to Qatar, she was quoted as saying by Gulf Times. The woman claimed she got her visa through an agent in Mumbai.
Earlier, a woman from Kerala and two others from Andhra Pradesh had raised similar allegations of sexual harassment against their sponsors in the Gulf country.
Source: Times of India