Officials said that India Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been seeking justice for a woman from Tamil Nadu who had her arm chopped off by her employer, but that Saudi authorities are denying the accusations made against the employer. “I am pained to say that the Saudi authorities soon issued a statement saying she fell down while trying to flee the house of her employer,” said India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. “We have not accepted this and continue to pursue the case to get her justice.” Swaraj told reporters that complaints from Indian nationals about their employers in Gulf countries seizing their passports in order to prevent their return are frequent, and that the government is working with several Gulf countries to stop the exploitation of Indian labor. Going forward, India’s government plans to require Indians going abroad to work as domestic employees go through government-registered recruitment agencies in order to ensure against exploitation. In addition to safeguarding employees, the measure would also allow the pursuit of exploitive unregistered recruitment agents under the Anti-Human Trafficking Act.
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