Mystery death of underage Avissawella girl in Saudi Arabia remains unsolved

Mystery death of underage Avissawella girl in Saudi Arabia remains unsolved

Mystery death of underage Avissawella girl in Saudi Arabia remains unsolved

Written by Tharushan Fernando

12 Dec, 2015 | 9:27 pm

There have been many reports of  Sri Lankan women who go to the Middle East for employment, being subject to various forms of harassment and torture.

While this particular subject brought forth emotional views in parliament on Friday, the death of a Sri Lankan girl who had gone to Saudi Arabia as a domestic aide, was reported from Saudi Arabia.

G. Krishanthi who live in this house in Pragathipura, Avissawella (please watch video) was born on  July 19, 1997 and was 15 years old when she flew to Saudi Arabia as a domestic aide in 2012. She was flown to the Middle East through a Foreign Employment Agency in Maradana. However, she died on May 6, shattering her parents dreams of a better life.

According to the parents, the foreign employment agency in question had informed them that Krishanthi had committed suicide by hanging herself.

The mother of the victim stated:

They did not ask us anything and they did nothing. They wanted to bury her here, then over there. And they said because she was young, they cannot bring the body. But we told them that we need to bring her body back to the country. No one will know about her,  if she was buried there.

It took over a period of seven months to bring back the remains of  late Krishanthi back to Sri Lanka.

According to her father, she had made a phone call a month before the day she had died and had said she was looking forward to returning to Sri Lanka in May. The father of the victim stated that Krishanthi had not mentioned any issues for the three years. He stated that she was to return in May, but she did not go in to details.

He went on to note:

The agency said that she was supposed return on May 20 and that she had done this to her self. But we do not believe this, because she was to return to the island. We find it hard to believe she would do this.

Her parents say that Krishanthi had not completed sixteen years of age, when she flew abroad.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child says that child is  “a human being below the age of 16 years’ – and sending a child below that age for employment abroad is against the law.

Several years ago, Rizana another Sri Lankan lost her life in Saudi Arabia. Her case, and subsequently her death, drew local and international attention. This incident is reported in a backdrop where a Sri Lankan woman is sentenced to be stoned to death in Saudi Arabia.

G. Krishanthi is one example of the miserable fate that befalls poor women who go to the Middle East for employment, simply to make things better for their families here.

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