Another horrific story about abused maids in Bahrain. When will it end?
From the GDN:
Agent is held for beating up maid
By TARIQ KHONJI
MANAMA: A Sri Lankan manpower agent is in police custody after a runaway maid accused him of severely beating her.
The man is said to have a history of beating and raping maids he brings into the country.
Migrant Workers' Group member Marietta Dias said that the man was arrested on Wednesday after the maid, also a Sri Lankan, ran away from her Bahraini employer because he had threatened to send her back to the manpower agency.
The woman, who arrived in Bahrain on December 10, claims that she was unable to do her employer's work because she was still injured from the beating she received at the agent's hands.
Ms Dias said that the woman's lips were swollen and that she claims to have been punched and kicked in the face repeatedly.
The woman found her way to the group and was taken to the police where she filed a formal complaint.
The group tracked down another of the agency's former maids, also Sri Lankan, with the help of Bahrain-based Sri Lankan Consul PB Higgoda.
The woman, who was brought to the country in May, claims that the man took sadistic pleasure in beating women and raping them.
She alleges that he even stripped the maids naked, including Sri Lankans, Filipinas and Indonesians, and made them watch while he was raping the others.
She also says that he used to push the women's faces into drainage holes with his feet and keep them down until they began suffocating.
Bear in mind that the accused abuser is himself of Sri Lankan origin. This is not a problem of one race abusing another race; it is about one human being abusing another human being.