NEW DELHI -- A Saudi sponsor has chopped off an Indian maid's hand, evoking strong condemnation from India which demanded that a case of attempted murder be lodged against the culprit.
Chopping of hand of Indian lady - We are very much disturbed over the brutal manner in which Indian lady has been treated in Saudi Arabia.— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) October 9, 2015
"We are aware of the plight of Kashturi Munirathinam, a domestic help who has suffered serious injuries allegedly inflicted by her Saudi Arabian sponsor. This is a very unfortunate and most condemnable incident.
This is unacceptable. We have taken this up with Saudi authorities.— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) October 9, 2015
"Our Embassy in Riyadh has taken up the matter with the Saudi Foreign Office and asked for strict action in the matter and severe punishment for the sponsor. We have also sought an independent probe in the incident and urged that a case of attempted murder be lodged against the sponsor so that he is punished, if found guilty as per law," the Spokesperson in the External Affairs Ministry said.
Munirathinam is currently being looked after in a Saudi hospital, he said.
"India also proposes to take up this issue in the JWG on Labour Matters with Saudi Arabia which will be held in New Delhi on October 12-13 and is the established institutional mechanism for such matters," the Spokesperson said, adding, "We will continue to seek justice for the victim."
Our embassy is in touch with the victim.— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) October 9, 2015
Asked about an update on the condition of three Indians including two teachers, abducted near war-torn Libya and held hostage by the Islamic militant group ISIS, the Spokesperson said they have received a video evidence of their being "alive" as recent as September 27 and they were making all efforts to secure their release.
He also said that there was no ransom demand for their release.