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Another Suspicious Death in the Middle East

Housemaid mysteriously dies in Saudi Arabia
A 21-year-old Palaniyandi Paramasivam complained to Maskeliya Police that his sister, a 40-year-old mother of three, Palanayandi Katbagawalli, a resident of Strathspy tea estate, Ledbruke, Maskeliya, has mysteriously died in Riyad, Saudi Arabia.

Katbagawalli has a son, 9 and two daughters, 12 and 13. She had left for employment in Saudi Arabia as a housemaid in October 2015. Katbagawalli was the breadwinner of the family.

The children's father is said to have left them a year and a half ago. The three children who live under the guardianship of their grandmother, attend Gawarawila Demala Maha Vidyalaya, Maskelya.

The brother of the victim has said in his complain to the police that his sister spoke with him for the last time on October 26. The victim had told her brother that she is moving to a new place of work where the house maids are treated inhumanely.

"I saw my sister's photo and information on her death on Face Book on November 1. It was then that I got to know that my sister had passed away. I called the private agency that sent my sister for work. However, they did not give me a clear answer. Face Book offered a telephone number to which I later spoke. The phone number belonged to a Sri Lankan house maid who worked in the same neighborhood where my sister used to work. She told me that the house-owners where my sister worked, had beaten her and carried her to some camp.

The informant told me that the house-owners had not fed my sister for two days and that they have injected a drug to kill her. Apparently, they have killed her on October 3. Nobody has informed us by letter or in any other form that my sister is dead. I have a strong suspicions about her death. I hope the government will look into this and take steps to bring my sister's body back to Sri Lanka," Palaniyandi Paramasivam said.
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