Many Indonesian women have been working in countries like Saudi Arabia where women are discriminated by men, therefore legal protection is limited.
Due to that country's closed society, many of those women have been treated very badly by their employers but cannot do anything.
One of those unfortunate women is Sumiati (23) who just worked there for three months but has frequently been inhumanely tortured by her Saudi masters using hot iron, scissors and other tool until almost paralysed.
The Indonesian government has strongly protested this brutality, and will dispatch a fact finding team headed by the Minister of Empowerment of Women Linda Agum Gumelar to Saudi Arabia.
Meanwhile, the Saudi Ambassador to Indonesia has call on the Indonesian government not to over react and asked them to trust his government's efforts to handle the case.
I hope that our government would make sure that this case would be investigated properly, anyone who are responsible would be tried in Court and punished accordingly, so that our workers can work peacefully abroad.
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Photo : Courtesy of The Saudi Gazette