Saturday, July 2, 2011

Mothers and Daughters of Lanka asked the Sri Lanka government to intervene

By Nabeela Hussain
The Mothers and Daughters of Lanka (MDL) Organisation yesterday asked the government to intervene in order to save the life of imprisoned Sri Lankan maid Rizana Nafeek in Saudi Arabia.
The Organization also asked the government to put in place laws that will ensure the safety of the women who leave the country for work as it is they who bring in most of the foreign currency.
“It is the women who suffer and work hard to bring in so much of foreign currency not only from abroad but also in the free trade zones and the hill country,” said Convenor of MDL Padmini Weerasooriya. She pointed out that it was the responsibility of the government to ensure the safety of the women who go abroad  as they are the main foreign currency earners.
Ms. Weerasooriya also asked that those responsible for her plight be brought forward and be punished before the law.
“We believe that the agency that sent her needs to be prosecuted for what they have done,” she said.
“We also ask the King of Saudi Arabia and the family that she worked for to forgive her and not to execute,” Ms. Weerasooriya said.
The Organisation implored that the sentence for Rizana Nafeek be lessened.
Source: Daily  Mirror On line edition

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