Parliament raises concerns over maid in Saudi

srilanka_parliament-8Parliament today raised concerns over the decision by Saudi Arabia to stone to death a Sri Lankan maid found guilty of committing adultery.

Foreign Employment Minister Thalatha Atukorale said that her Ministry and the Foreign Ministry are in touch with the relevant authorities in Saudi Arabia to seek clemency for the maid.

The Government was urged to ban sending maids to Saudi Arabia but Atukorale told Parliament no such decision has been taken yet.

United National Party (UNP) Parliamentarian Ranjan Ramanayake said that the issue over the Sri Lankan maid is very sensitive as she had committed adultery.

He said that unlike in a previous case where a Sri Lankan maid, Rizana Nafeek, was executed over allegations she killed a child in her care, the latest incident could harm the life of the woman even if she is freed and sent back to Sri Lanka.

Ramanayake said the Government must look at the incident very carefully while the media should also ensure they do not expose her identity. (Colombo Gazette)