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14 April 2024

Fleeing maid raped by Lankan agent in Kuwait

By Correspondent

A Sri Lankan recruiting agent based in Kuwait allegedly raped repeatedly a compatriot housemaid who had sought refuge his house after fleeing harassment by her Arab employer, the ‘Sunday Times’ reported.

The Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) has started legal action against the suspect who was arrested by Kuwaiti authorities and questioned but later released.

The victim is currently being cared for at clemency centre managed by the Sri Lankan embassy in Kuwait.

SLFBE Additional General Manager Mangala Randeniya said, “The 31-year-old woman had arrived in Kuwait late last year and fled her employer’s home because of poor working conditions and harassment and contacted her local agent responsible for her employment contract.”

However, when she turned up at the agent’s residence, the man is alleged to have repeatedly raped her, Randeniya said.

Man cuts off wife’s arm with machete

A man allegedly severed his wife’s arm with a machete and injured his father-in-law in Sri Lanka, the ‘Daily Mirror’ has reported.

Police told the court that the suspect used to quarrel frequently with his wife who used to go to her parents’ house when disputes turned nasty.

On February 4, the victim had gone to her parent’s home following another fracas and the suspect had called her, demanding that she remove her belongings from their house.

The victim had then gone with her parents on February 12 to their house where the suspect  allegedly attacked her with a machete, severing her left arm, and then hit her father who tried to save his daughter.

The magistrate has remanded the suspect to police custody till February 19.