An Indonesian housemaid has been sentenced to death by a Saudi Arabian court after she was convicted of murdering Tala Al-Shehri, her employers' four-year-old child. The maid was "charged with decapitating the girl with a cleaver while her parents were away at work and her sisters were at school,” the Saudi Gazette reported. It is believed that her lawyer will file an appeal.
The incident occurred in city of Yanbu last September. After committing the crime, the maid was given an eight-month jail term and 200 lashes for attempting suicide. The parents of the murdered girl have refused to forgive the maid for what she did in exchange for blood money, reports the AFP.
The Indonesian consulate will initiate legal action in Jakarta against a man who used text message to convince the woman to commit the crime, according to her lawyer. It has been reported that 25 Indonesian maids are on death row in Saudi Arabia and 22 others have been pardoned and sent home.
In 2011 Indonesian maid Ruyati binti Sapubi was beheaded after she was convicted of killing her Saudi employer. After her killing, Indonesia recalled its ambassador for "consultations."
Indonesia has announced a moratorium on sending migrant workers to Saudi Arabia. This is significant because hundreds of thousands of Indonesians toil as maids and laborers in the oil-rich nation.
Saudi Arabia has poor or non-existent labor laws. Rights groups say that the lack of laws leads to millions of mostly Asian domestic workers regularly being exposed to physical and financial abuse.