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India: Saudi Employer Cut Off Maid's Arm

Attack was revenge for complaining of mistreatment

(Newser) - Indian diplomats say they are disturbed by reports that one of their nationals working in Saudi Arabia had her arm cut off by a vengeful employer. The family of 58-year-old Kasturi Munirathinam says that when Saudi officials conducted a routine check of the home where she was working as a... More »

Mom Gets 6 Years Over Abused Maid Living in Closet

Law Wan-tung starved, beat Indonesian maid over 8 months

(Newser) - Even in jail, Law Wan-tung is likely to have better living conditions than the Indonesian domestic servant she abused over eight months in 2013. A judge has sentenced the 44-year-old Hong Kong woman to six years in jail; she had been convicted of 18 of 20 abuse charges she faced... More »

Hong Kong Arrests Woman Accused of Torturing Maid

Treatment of Erwiana Sulistyaningsih has sparked protests

(Newser) - Hong Kong police today arrested a woman accused of torturing her Indonesian maid, a day after thousands rallied in protest of the maid's treatment. Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, 23, returned to Indonesia last week, reportedly unable to walk thanks to her injuries. She's now being treated at a hospital there,... More »

Sri Lanka Roils Over Saudi Beheading of Maid

Sri Lankan gov't accused of not doing enough to save Rizana Nafeek

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia is coming under heavy criticism for beheading a Sri Lankan maid yesterday, after she was found guilty for killing a baby under her care in 2005 when she was 17 years old, reports al-Jazeera . Human rights groups say Rizana Nafeek was denied access to lawyers during her initial... More »

Strauss-Kahn Gets $1M Bail, Home Detention

Former IMF chief is indicted on sex-assault charges

(Newser) - A judge has agreed to free former IMF leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn from a New York City jail on the condition that he remain under house arrest. The judge set bail at $1 million and approved an elaborate arrangement under which the 62-year-old diplomat and banker would be confined to a... More »

Ben Stein Vilified After Defending IMF Boss

He wonders how a 'short, fat old man' could rape anyone

(Newser) - Ben Stein is taking an Internet whipping for his defense of Dominique Strauss-Kahn in the American Spectator . Among Stein's arguments: "If he is such a womanizer and violent guy with women, why didn't he ever get charged until now? " and, skeptical of claims that DSK overpowered... More »

Meg Whitman Knowingly Employed Illegal as Maid: Lawyer

Candidate says Gloria Allred is lying

(Newser) - A housekeeper who used to work for Meg Whitman claimed that the candidate for governor knew she was an illegal alien but kept her employed. Nicky Diaz, who worked for Whitman from 2000 to 2009, made the accusations during a press conference today with lawyer Gloria Allred , the LA Times... More »

Pinched Writer Picks Up the Toilet Brush

(Newser) - Even with two degrees and a book deal, Rebecca Golden has had a tough time keeping her bank balance above zero, she writes for Salon, so she's turned to an edifying, if often terrifying, sideline: cleaning houses. “I suppose I could find other ways to make ends meet,”... More »

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