Saudi woman sentenced to death for murdering maid

Women in Saudi Arabia. CREDIT: Flickr - Mojack Jutaily

A SAUDI woman has been sentenced to death for murdering her Bangladeshi maid.

Human rights groups have described this as a rare example of punishment for abusive behaviour against a domestic worker.

Ayesha Al Jizani killed Abiron Begum in March 2019, two years after the maid left her home country to seek a better future a court in Saudi Arabia has ruled.

Begum’s relatives called on the Bangladeshi government to also take action against the intermediaries who they said had “tricked” 40-year-old Begum into taking a job in Saudi Arabia four years earlier.

Her family said that she wanted to earn more money so that she could look after her elderly parents, according to Reuters. Two weeks after she left, her torture began, and they were unable to bring her back to Bangladesh.

Jizani’s husband was imprisoned for three years for not allowing the maid access to medical treatment and for making her work outside the home illegally.

Saudi Arabia is the main destination for Bangladeshis heading abroad in search of work.

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Jennifer Leighfield

Jennifer Leighfield, born in Salisbury, UK; resident in Malaga, Spain since 1989. Degree in Translation and Interpreting in Spanish, French and English from Malaga University (2005), specialising in Crime, Forensic Medicine and Genetics. Published translations include three books by Richard Handscombe. Worked with Euro Weekly News since November 2006. Well-travelled throughout Spain and the rest of the world, fan of Harry Potter and most things ‘geek’.


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