After being allegedly pushed off the third floor of a building by her employer in Saudi Arabia and being thrashed again by the same man, a Hyderabad woman has now alleged that he has threatened to file a complaint against her.
Forty-six-year-old Haseena Begum had gone to Dammam in October last year and worked there as a domestic help for two months, during which time she said she was constantly harassed.
She then reportedly ran away from her employer's house, and approached the local authorities. The employer was summoned, and he promised to let her go after completing some paperwork.
However, after taking her back to his house, the employer allegedly pushed her from the third floor, which led to Haseena fracturing both her legs. She was admitted to the Dammam Central Hospital.
In the week that followed, the employer reportedly barged into a police station in Dammam, where he went on to allegedly thrash her, when there were no personnel at the station.
Now, in another update, Sushil Rao for the Times of India reported that the employer has reportedly given a 48-hour deadline to Haseena to withdraw her police complaint against him, failing which he has threatened to file a counter-complaint for theft.
The victim's son sought External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's help to rescue his mother.
Haseena’s son, Mohammed Wajid told TOI.A person by the name Omni called and gave me a 48 hour deadline on behalf of Khalifa (employer). If my mother and I do not retract and give him a clean chit, he threatened that she would land in jail.
Earlier this month, social workers from the Indian Embassy in Riyadh located Haseena after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj took notice of the case.
At the time, MBT leader Amjed Ullah Khan, who had earlier brought the issue to the Centre's notice, said that Haseena Begum was now safe at the Indian Embassy in Riyadh.
Haseena's family has also alleged that she was promised 1,600 riyals a month, but the employer did not pay her even one riyal.
Reacting to the latest report, Ahmed Javed, Indian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia said that they were in touch with Haseena, and they would look into the matter.
(The story first appeared on The News Minute and has been republished with permission.)
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