Sharia Law

Maid from Sri Lanka sentenced to death for adultery in Saudi Arabia

Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera. (REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte)

A Sri Lankan maid working in Saudi Arabia has been sentenced to death for adultery. The 45-year-old married mother of two was convicted in August along with the unmarried man who allegedly participated in the adultery, according to AFP. But  the man, also from Sri Lanka, was sentenced to only 100 lashes while the woman was sentenced to death by stoning.

Sri Lankan lawmakers and religious leaders asked Saudi Arabian authorities this week  to grant clemency to the woman and a pardon to the man, according to AFP. Under Saudi Arabia’s strict sharia law, murder, armed robbery, rape, drug trafficking, apostasy, and adultery can be punished by death. In 2013, a Sri Lankan maid was beheaded after being convicted for murdering a child in her care when she was 17 years old. Sri Lankan authorities protested the death, saying that she did not receive a fair trial and their calls for clemency were rejected.

The woman convicted this August has not been identified.

“Your Majesty’s kind intervention in pardoning these unfortunate victims would enhance the high esteem in which Sri Lankans hold Islam, the people and the kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” said the Muslim council of Sri Lanka.

Authorities told AFP they had not yet head back from Saudi authorities on their request.

At the Women in the World India Summit in November, attendees heard a distraught Mohan Munirathinam tell of the brutal attack his mother Kasthuri, a domestic worker, endured at the hands of her Saudi employer. Her right arm was hacked off as she tried to escape through the window of a house in Saudi Arabia where she had been employed as a domestic worker for barely three months and made to work under excruciating conditions.

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Read the full story about the Sri Lankan maid from AFP at The National.


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