Mangalore Woman, ‘Tortured Like an Animal’ in Saudi Arabia, Returns Home After 14-Month Ordeal

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Mangalore Woman, ‘Tortured Like an Animal’ in Saudi Arabia, Returns Home After 14-Month Ordeal

Ravindra Shanbagh of Udupi Human Rights Foundation said they could locate the employer in Saudi Arabia only after a series of attempts.

Bengaluru, September 24: After being tortured like an “animal”, Mangalore resident Jacintha Mendonca reunited with her family on Friday this week. Revealing about her ordeal, Mendonca said she was repeatedly beaten by her employers and was not paid for several months.

After an unsuccessful bid of escape, Mendonca alleged she was denied basic necessities like food and water. She said local police officers took her back to the employer where her hand was banged against the wall.

“I had a hellish experience in Yanbu…I was made to work day in and day out at three mansions belonging to the employer’s mother, his three wives and their children…I was tortured like an animal,” Mendonca said to PTI. She added her employer’s children called her ‘gaddama’.

The victim said that she flew to Dubai from where she was taken to Saudi Arabia without any prior intimation. Working as a household in Yanbu, she was made to live like ‘slave’.

Jacintha was reunited with her family after the intervention of Human Rights Protection Foundation of Udupi. The foundation officials said they contacted head of the NRI Forum Rodrigues in Saudi Arabia in April this year.

Ravindra Shanbagh of Udupi Human Rights Foundation said they could locate the employer in Saudi Arabia only after a series of attempts. Mendonca appealed to the authorities to take stringent action against those who duped her. However, this is not first instance where people complained about excesses by Saudi Nationals.