Maid ends life at 'maids' affairs' office in Saudi

A housemaid committed suicide while she was held at the government Maids’ Affairs Centre in Saudi Arabia, the first suicide case in the office since it was set up more than a decade ago, a newspaper reported on Tuesday.

‘Al Watan’ quoted officials as saying the maid had suffered psychological problems and had caused trouble at the Riyadh-based centre since she was brought by her employer a week ago.

He said the ministry of social affairs is investigating the incident.

“The maid had caused problems at the centre as she had suffered from mental illness. She had tried to flee the centre but could not,” the paper said, quoting ministry spokesman Khalased Al Thabiti, who did not specify how the maid ended her life.

Saudi ends life at police station

A Saudi man in his 40s committed a suicide by using his clothes to hang himself at a police station in the Gulf Kingdom, a newspaper reported on Tuesday. Police had detained the unnamed man at their station in the southern town of Najran for an unspecified office and locked him up in a solitary cell.

“Police untied the man and rushed him to hospital but he died on the way,” the paper said, adding that authorities have opened an investigation into the incident.

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