A group of about 63 women who had been serving as housemaids in Kuwait returned to the island today. They had to return home leaving their jobs due to ill-treatment by their employers.
The Foreign Employment Bureau had intervened in bringing them back to Sri Lanka. The housemaids were accommodated by the Sri Lankan Embassy in Kuwait at safe houses after complaints of being subjected to various forms of harassment including the non-payment of the wages by their employers. The employment contract of some had expired. During a visit to Kuwait last year, Foreign Employment Minister Thalatha Athukorala had met all the housemaids who were staying at safe houses and assured them that her ministry would help bring them back to the country even though some of them were not registered with the Bureau. These women managed to return to the island following the mediation of the Sri Lankan Embassy in Kuwait. These women expressed their gratitude to the Government for the initiatives taken to get them down to the island without any hesitation.