The plight of female workers in the Middle East, especially in Saudi Arabia, has been a disturbing reality to say the least. The ones who survive bear the scars for the rest of their lives. And then there are those who return home in coffins. We can only imagine the sheer horror they had to endure before succumbing to their torture. In multiple cases, the absence of the sole breadwinner results in the families of the workers suffering from severe consequences.
What I cannot understand is why don’t the authorities deal with the matter with utmost urgency and take immediate measures? How many more stories of torture and killing do we need to encounter before there is an end to this mayhem? I believe it is the government’s responsibility to protect the rights and ensure the safety of the women migrant workers. Unfortunately, I feel absolutely helpless and fearful knowing that it will be long before the situation improves.
Liton Das, by email