Friday, September 01, 2006

Another Indian maid beaten up by Bahraini employer


The mistreatment of poor Indian women working as housemaids abroad is getting more and more frequent.

I had posted twice before about Indian women mistreated by employers abroad: the maid who committed suicide in Bahrain and the employer who raped a housemaid for a week in Singapore.

Now again there is a new horrific incident of torture of an Indian women by her Bahraini employer.

These incidents keep happening only because Indians and the Indian government do not take these seriously enough. Countries like Israel and USA go to war over the life of a single citizen. We passively watch our brothers and sisters killed off or brutally attacked. Is this an indication of selfishness, or a harmful by-product of Mohandas Gandhi's excessive emphasis on tolerance and non-violence ?

Anything in excess is bad. We Indians have developed too much tolerance. We must show some intolerance of these kinds of crime, if we want to survive.

India should put severe pressure on Bahrain to extradite the criminals who mistreated Indian citizens there. They must be brought to Justice soon and given a taste of Indian jails. Yes, Manmohan Singh and Sonia Nehru/Maino, please wake up and start paying attention. We are talking to you.

Times of India reports:

Indian maid beaten up by Bahraini sponsor

DUBAI: An Indian housemaid was allegedly beaten up by her Bahraini sponsor and a hospital there had to intervene to prevent the injured woman, who was vomiting blood, from being forcibly discharged.

Lateefa Beewi Maheen, 30, hailing from Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala, was said to be in a critical but stable condition at Bahrain's Salmaniya Medical Complex (SMC), the Gulf Daily News reported.

The Indian housemaid said her Bahraini sponsor abused her repeatedly since she arrived in the kingdom two months back.

"If I tried to take some rest, I was beaten and pushed. In some cases, my head was also hit against the wall," she told the newspaper.

Maheen's sponsor is said to have panicked and sent her with a driver to the hospital.

The Indian housemaid claimed an "Arab man" visited her in the hospital and threatened to "hang" her if she accused her sponsor of any wrongdoing.

Doctors said Maheen suffered severe internal injuries, which caused her to vomit blood several times a day. They also said she is suffering from pain in the abdomen and wrists.

Maheen said she came to Bahrain to boost her family's income because her young son needed expensive medical treatment. According to her, she paid 166 Bahraini Dinar (BD) to an agent to come and work in Bahrain.

"I was promised a salary of BD 40 a month and a few days ago I was paid two months' wages," Maheen added.

Surya charitable and cultural association volunteer K.R. Nair visited Maheen at the hospital and promised to provide assistance.

Indian Embassy officials in Bahrain are aware of the case and are co-coordinating with Bahraini authorities. A formal complaint is to be lodged with the police.

"This is a matter of great concern," said Indian Ambassador to Bahrain, Balkrishna Shetty. "We will take immediate action and ensure all possible help is given to the housemaid," the ambassador said.




3 Comments:

At 10:37 AM, Blogger Freedom-Giver said...

An interesting article of great relevance to all of us...

The Trouble with Tolerance

by Blair Warren

Years ago, when I was at a complete loss about what to do with my life, I asked a friend for some advice. He had pulled himself out of some horrible life circumstances and had become quite successful, both in his business and personal life so I was curious what he might suggest. He gave it some thought, then asked if I got sick easily. When I assured him that I didn’t, he replied:

“Too bad. One of the least known keys to success is to get sick more often. Sick of the garbage in your life. Sick of the way people mistreat you. Sick of your lack of money. You must get sick enough, and get sick fast enough, to do something about it before you permanently adapt to the situation. That’s the trouble with most people. They are far too tolerant of the garbage in their lives. And if they don’t learn to become more sensitive to it, and less tolerant of it, before they know it, they have accepted it as their reality.”

When I look back on the habits and people I’ve left behind throughout my life, I’m amazed I didn’t do it sooner. Long before I gave up on them, I knew they weren’t good for me. And yet, I tolerated them. I tolerated the destructive habits. I tolerated the destructive people. And in the process, I became destructive myself.

Why? Because, as my friend says, I was too tolerant.

From now on, I hope to get sick enough, fast enough to walk away from destructive people and situations before their damage is done. But this won’t be easy because we are taught from childhood to be tolerant. And tolerance can be a wonderful thing - when it is given wisely. But tolerance isn’t a quality that should be taught at the expense of everything else.

Perhaps we should all strive to be a little less tolerant. Not violent. Not indignant. Not even selfish. Just less tolerant of the garbage in our lives.

Of course, there are certain things about which, and situations in which, we should be tolerant and I don’t know where we should draw the line. But I know that a line should be drawn. Otherwise, tolerance can destroy the quality of our lives. And that is something I will no longer tolerate.

 
At 10:39 AM, Blogger Freedom-Giver said...

An interesting article of relevance to all of us...

The Trouble with Tolerance

by Blair Warren

Years ago, when I was at a complete loss about what to do with my life, I asked a friend for some advice. He had pulled himself out of some horrible life circumstances and had become quite successful, both in his business and personal life so I was curious what he might suggest. He gave it some thought, then asked if I got sick easily. When I assured him that I didn’t, he replied:

“Too bad. One of the least known keys to success is to get sick more often. Sick of the garbage in your life. Sick of the way people mistreat you. Sick of your lack of money. You must get sick enough, and get sick fast enough, to do something about it before you permanently adapt to the situation. That’s the trouble with most people. They are far too tolerant of the garbage in their lives. And if they don’t learn to become more sensitive to it, and less tolerant of it, before they know it, they have accepted it as their reality.”

When I look back on the habits and people I’ve left behind throughout my life, I’m amazed I didn’t do it sooner. Long before I gave up on them, I knew they weren’t good for me. And yet, I tolerated them. I tolerated the destructive habits. I tolerated the destructive people. And in the process, I became destructive myself.

Why? Because, as my friend says, I was too tolerant.

From now on, I hope to get sick enough, fast enough to walk away from destructive people and situations before their damage is done. But this won’t be easy because we are taught from childhood to be tolerant. And tolerance can be a wonderful thing - when it is given wisely. But tolerance isn’t a quality that should be taught at the expense of everything else.

Perhaps we should all strive to be a little less tolerant. Not violent. Not indignant. Not even selfish. Just less tolerant of the garbage in our lives.

Of course, there are certain things about which, and situations in which, we should be tolerant and I don’t know where we should draw the line. But I know that a line should be drawn. Otherwise, tolerance can destroy the quality of our lives. And that is something I will no longer tolerate.

 
At 11:00 PM, Blogger Harsh Vardhan said...

Interesting, freedom-giver. Thanks for sharing.

Harsh

 

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