I read the story of LP Ariyawathie, the 49 year-old housemaid from Sri Lanka, who moved to Saudi Arabia in March. Her employer was not happy with her, so he hammered 24 nails and needles into her body!

She said her employer did this to her as a punishment, and also said that he had abused her for a whole month. She moved back to Sri Lanka last week, where she was admitted to hospital.

Doctors have successfully removed 13 nails and 5 needles from her hands and legs. The nails were up to 5cm long. The doctors said the remaining nails did not pose an immediate threat to her life, and they are going to remove them at a later date.

The doctors also said Ms Ariyawaithe was deeply traumatised, and could not sit down or walk properly. I hope she is able to make a full recover and I hope the monster who did this is caught and punished!

Check out the story on BBC News here.

What would possess someone to hammer a nail into another person’s body? Did he ever stop to think about what he was doing? Twenty-four nails and needles is quite a lot, so he can’t say that he did it without knowing what he was doing.

Surely it has something to do with his upbringing. He probably doesn’t see women as being equal to men, and he probably thinks that housemaids can be treated like slaves. It’s a shame, but slavery is still here with us in 2010! 😦

Isn’t Saudi Arabia the country where a judge is looking for a hospital to intentionally paralyse a man who is completely healthy? Yes. Check out CNN’s take on the story here. The man in question had a fight with another man two years ago, and the victim ended up being paralysed.

The victim, Abdul-Aziz al-Mitairy, has asked for the same thing to be done to his assailant, as is his right under Sharia law. The judge in the case is now looking for a hospital that will sever the spinal cord of the defendant, who is said to have confessed to the crime.

Ouch! That is a real-life case of an-eye-for-an-eye justice! I wonder if the same thing should be done to the man who hammered those 24 nails into the body of the poor Ms Ariyawaithe.


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