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Mohammed RASOOLDEEN in Riyadh

The body of a housemaid murdered in Saudi Arabiaby her sponsor was dispatched to Colombo on Tuesday, the Sri Lankan Embassy told the Daily News, Tuesday.

The initial Post-mortem report of Sri Lankan maid Pospawalli Selladurai, 36, revealed last week that she was murdered. On suspicion, the police in Al-Jouf, 1,200 kms from the capital, arrested the woman sponsor and has kept her in their custody till the investigations are over.

Confirming it's a murder, a senior diplomat from the Sri Lankan embassy told the Daily News that the mission is still unaware as to how she was murdered. "We are waiting for the detailed post-mortem report which will be released by the Police shortly through the Saudi Foreign Ministry."

The official said the Mission has been following the case from the time of Selladurai's death on November 5 . "We are thankful to the Saudi authorities, who extended their fullest cooperation in this case which helped the mission to bring the body home within three months from the day of the tragedy ," the diplomat said.

He said the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) which looks after the welfare of the island's overseas workers has been coordinating with Selladurai's family for the body to be taken home from the Colombo Airport to fulfill the last rites.

Selladurai's four children Suvaruban, Devika, Dinesh and Dilrukshan whose ages range from 6 to 13 years live with the parents of the deceased in her hometown in Kandy. Her husband died in 2005. This is when she turned to an agency in Sri Lanka to be sent abroad as a domestic worker. In November 2007, she signed a two year contract with the agency to work in Saudi Arabia for a family residing in Dammam. "

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By M.D. Rassoldeen, Arab News

RIYADH: The Sri Lankan Embassy rescued on Wednesday an Asian maid who was kept as a virtual slave by her Saudi sponsor for 17 years.

Kusuma Nandini, 56, came to Riyadh in 1994 from Sri Lanka and was kept a virtual prisoner at her sponsor's home. She was not paid salary even once during 15 years of her imprisonment and forbidden from communicating with her relatives in Sri Lanka. This is a record breaking case in the history of housemaids in the Kingdom. This woman was kept as a slave at one home for 15 years and then transferred to the home of her sponsor's brother. There she was given a salary for two years,said Sunil Wijesinghe, labor welfare officer at the Sri Lankan Embassy.

According to diplomats, Nandini had forgotten her native tongue when she was rescued and behaved like a robot. She couldn't speak her native language and had forgotten her family members when she was rescued, said Wijesinghe.

After meeting other Sri Lankans at the embassy, the maid began remembering things and started picking up her native language, he added.

The Sri Lankan Embassy learned about Nandini's plight after her 25-year-old daughter, who lives in Kalutara, some 40 km from Colombo, informed the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry that her family had not been in contact with her mother for 17 years.

Embassy officials visited the home of Nandini's sponsor and those who lived there denied she was there. Officials persevered and were able to subsequently track her down and bring her to the embassy.
I came to Riyadh when my eldest daughter, Yamuna Vinodini, was eight years old. Now she is 25 years old. My son Ravika Priyankara was six years at the time, Nandini told Arab News, adding that she came to the Kingdom to earn money to pay for her children's education as her husband was not in proper employment at the time.

I am very happy and thankful to the mission in Riyadh for having rescued me from this house where I was working like a machine, she said, adding that she thought there was no point in thinking of her home in Sri Lanka as she was permanently imprisoned in the house.

I did not see sunlight during the past 17 years since no one took me out, she said. The embassy is currently taking up the matter with the authorities concerned to get the maid's outstanding salary, which stands at SR54,000. Nandini has, however, managed to save SR7,200 which she received in wages from her sponsor's brother. She does not have a passport or a resident certificate to prove she was working in the Kingdom.

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The Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) has cautioned would-be overseas job seekers to be vigilant over bogus foreign employment agencies which operate in many parts of the country.
A spokesman for the Bureau said that 112 persons including women job agents who operated 84 illegal recruiting agencies in Colombo, Kandy, Kurunegala, Galle and in the Uva Province during the past five weeks were taken in for questioning by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU), set up by the SLBFE.
The SIU manned by 10-15 investigating officers have been given maximum powers under a Special Act to crack down on illegally operated job agencies in the country and institute legal action with the help of police stations in the area. SLBFE Chairman Kingsley Ranawaka told the Sunday Observer that complaints regarding fake job agencies are being received by the Bureau from people and approved foreign job recruiting agencies.
He said errant job agents will be fined Rs. 20,000 - Rs. 100,000 in court and a prison term of 12 - 24 months will be imposed. Ranawaka also cautioned foreign job seekers to keep a close eye on illegal job agencies and also those who deceive people by collecting colossal sums of money promising foreign employment opportunities.
It is reported that a person at Kesbawa in Piliyandala had obtained a large sum of money from young girls and boys promising foreign jobs.

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- විදේශ සේවා නියුක්ති කාර්යාංශය

මහින්ද අලුත්ගෙදර

ආණ්ඩු විරෝධී උද්ඝෝෂණ පැවැතියද බහරේන් වල වෙසෙන ශ්‍රී ලාංකිකයන්ට කිසිදු හානියක් නැතැයි ශ්‍රී ලංකා විදේශ සේවා නියුක්ති කාර්යාංශය පවසයි. මෙවැනි හේතූ�න් නිසා යම් හෙයකින් ශ්‍රී ලාංකිකයන්ට ගැටලුසහගත තත්ත්වයක් ඇති වන්නේ නම් කඩිනමින් ඒ සඳහා මැදිහත් වීමට සූදානම් බව විදේශ සේවා නියුක්ති කාර්යාංශයේ ප්‍රකාශකයෙක් �දිනමිණ� ට පැවැසීය.

ආණ්ඩුව විරෝධී කණ්ඩායම් වල උද්ඝෝෂණයන් ඉහළ යාම නිසා බහරේනය තුළ අස්ථාවර තත්ත්වයක් උද්ගත වී තිබෙන අතර ඒ නිසාම ශ්‍රී ලාංකිකයන් සම්බන්ධයෙන් ශ්‍රී ලංකා විදේශ සේවා නියුක්ති කාර්යාංශයේ පූර්ණ අවධානය යොමුව තිබේ. මේ අතර එම ප්‍රකාශකයා සඳහන් කළේ විදේශ සේවා නියුක්ති කාර්යාංශයේ සභාපති නීතිඥ කිංස්ලි රණවක මහතාගේ උපදෙස් පරිදි මේ කටයුතු සිදු කෙරෙන බවයි.

මීට පෙර ඊජිප්තුවේ පැවැති දේශපාලන අස්ථාවරභාවය හේතුවෙන් ශ්‍රී ලාංකික ශ්‍රමිකයන් යැවීම තාවකාලිකව අත්හිටුවීමට විදේශ සේවා නියුක්ති කාර්යාංශය පියවර ගන්නා ලද අතර එවැනි අර්බූදකාරී තත්ත්වයන් පහව යාමත් සමඟ යළිත් ශ්‍රමිකයන් යැවීමට පියවර ගත්තේය.
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අම්මත් නැතිව වැඩකරලා ඇතිවෙලා අපි දෙන්නා අද එකටම මැරෙමු
සමන්ති වීරසේකර

�අම්මත් නැතුව හැමදාම වැඩකරලා ඇති වෙලා, අක්කේ අපි දෙන්නා අදම එකටම මැරෙමු� කී පහළොස් හැවිරිදි නංගි පිළිකන්නේ බාල්කයේ දැමූ එකම ලණුවේ දෙපැත්තේ අක්කා සමඟ ගෙල වැලලාගත් සිද්ධියක් දන්තුරේ උඩවෙල ප්‍රදේශයෙන් වාර්තාවේ.

මෙම සිද්ධියෙන් මියගොස් ඇත්තේ නැගණිය වන අගලගාපුවත්තේ ගෙදර දිල්හානී මධුෂිකා ජයසුන්දර (15) වන අතර 17 හැවිරිදි අක්කා බරපතල තුවාල සහිතව පේරාදෙණිය රෝහලේ ප්‍රතිකාර ලබමින් සිටී.

මෙම දරුවන්ගේ මව වසර 5 කට සිට විදේශගතව ඇත. පෙදරේරුවකු වන පියා සහ අට හැවිරිදි බාල සහෝදරයා සමඟ සිද්ධියට අදාළ දරුවන් උඩවෙල නිවසේ පදිංචිව සිට ඇත. සිද්ධිය වූ දිනයේ උදේ කාලයේ සහෝදරියන් දෙදෙනා දළු කැඩීමට ගොස් ඇත. වැඩ අවසන් වී ආපසු එනවිට රාත්‍රි ආහාර පිසීමට වෙළෙඳපොළෙන් බඩු ද රැගෙන නිවසට එන අතරතුර �මැරෙමු� කියා දෙදෙනා කතාබස් කරමින් පැමිණ ඇතැයි පොලිස් පරීක්ෂණවලදී අනාවරණය වී තිබේ. කඩුගන්නාව පොලිසියේ ස්ථානාධිපති ප්‍රධාන පොලිස් පරීක්ෂක ටිරෝන් රත්නායක මහතාගේ උපදෙස් මත සුළු පැමිණිලි අංශයේ උප පොලිස් පරීක්ෂක බාලසූරිය, පොලිස් සැරයන් 64213 සමරකෝන් යන මහත්වරු සිද්ධිය පිළිබඳ වැඩිදුර පරීක්ෂණ පවත්වති.

නැවත මව පැමිණෙනතුරු වැඩිමහල් දියණිය මවගේ දෙමව්පියන් භාරයේ තැබීමටත්, ඇය පිළිබඳ වාර්තාවක් අධිකරණය හමුවට යොමු කිරීමටත් පොලිසිය කටයුතු කරයි.