Monday, April 04, 2011

Saudi woman acquitted of maid abuse charge

A Saudi woman who was sentenced for torturing her Indonesian maid has reportedly been acquitted. The safety and wellbeing of maids and other types of workers in Saudi Arabia has increasingly become a top concern for not only the media, but also the president of the republic. Some maids from Sri Lanka in Saudi Arabia. were reportedly tortured and even murdered. after the contracts of their services had expired. During a field study tour to the oil -rich and purportedly very religious kingdom recently , Filipino congressman Walden Bello also found that cases of sexual violence against foreign female workers are frequent. Legally sanctioned slavery in Saudi Arabia was only abolished in 1962, but there is still the question of whether the traditional slave-owning mentalities persist in a segment of the wealthy elites in the kingdom.