Ariyawathi blames NHA for delay to complete house

by Jayantha de Silva

Staggered remittance from the National Housing Authority has caused a considerable delay to the construction of her house, L. Ariyawathi, who returned to Sri Lanka after undergoing torture at the hands of her employees in Saudi Arabia, said yesterday.

Ariyawathi returned home over three months ago after undergoing a series of tortures by her Saudi employees who inserted over 20 iron nails and pins into her body.

She was partially relieved of her agony when a team of surgeons at the Kamburupitiya Hospital removed most of the nails embedded in her body.

Following her pathetic story several organizations volunteered to build a house for her. She said her main purpose of going for employment to Saudi Arabia was to find the money to build a house but unfortunately she had to return after being inhumanely tortured by her employer.

Her husband Lahanapurage David is a heart patient.

When Ariyawathi’s plight was highlighted in the media, Minister of Housing and Construction Wimal Weerawansa allocated a sum of Rs 200,000 to construct a house for her. She also said that she has no income to live on.

A spokesman for the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment said that installments to construct the house are given after inspection of the work completed and a cheque for Rs 50,000 was dispatched to her last week.

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