Just a day after the news of a Saudi employee chopping off her Indian domestic worker’s hand made news, MEA has sprung into action and has started looking for options other than Saudi Arabia for these maids.
The MEA is thus considering a total ban on recruitment of housemaids by Saudi Arabia, and following the recent arm chopping incident which India later described as “unacceptable,” External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has now ordered the MEA to pursue this matter further with the Saudi Foreign Ministry in Riyadh.
Taking the matter further Swaraj then further discussed the topic of ban at a meeting of the Parliamentary Consultative Committee of the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) and the Ministry of External Affairs that was held on October 8.
Talking about the meeting Rajya Sabha member D. Raja, who was also present at the committee said:
“Sushmaji and we discussed how to stop the flow of housemaids from Tamil Nadu’s Vellore and West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, which top the list of regions producing housemaids for the Saudi kingdom.”
He then went on to add that Swaraj in the past had asked Saudi Arabia about obeying the Indian recruitment laws which is meant for 18 countries in West Asia and the South-East Asian region.
The Saudis, however, refused to obey the rules. Looking at the matter, India is thus hoping to stop the flow of maids into Saudi Arabia.
As of now India has more than 607 foreign employers registered, who are freely violating norms of employing housemaids from India.