Women attacked by maid recovering

Updated 08 December 2012
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Women attacked by maid recovering

Two Saudi women allegedly stabbed by their African housemaid are recovering at a hospital in Yanbu.
The maid was working in her victims’ house after her recruitment nine months ago, Al-Madinah daily reported yesterday.
“The woman employer and her daughter, who were admitted to the hospital with stab wounds on Wednesday, have improved remarkably. They could be discharged after two days even though the younger woman needs further check-up as she has some blood sugar problem,” said Director of Public Relations at the Yanbu General Hospital Abdul Aziz Hadi.
The elderly woman was injured while defending her daughter from the angry maid, Madinah police spokesman Col. Fahd Al-Ghannam said in a statement shortly after the incident on Wednesday.
“The mother saw the domestic help stabbing her 17-year-old daughter who was asleep. When the mother confronted the knife-wielding maid, her fingers were cut. The daughter was injured on her face and the chest,” Al-Ghannam said.
The maid, 30, was arrested and an investigation is under way.
The incident follows another alleged crime committed by an Asian housemaid in the city about two months ago when she reportedly slit the throat of a 4-year old child of a school teacher with a cleaver.
Police found the decapitated body of the girl in a pool of blood.
Police said the housemaid took the girl into a room and committed the crime. Then she locked the apartment and sat in a corner of the room motionless.
The maid, who attempted to commit suicide by drinking quantities of detergent, was referred to the Madinah Mental Health Hospital for psychological evaluation.
Many women teachers hire housemaids to look after their children while they go to work.
According to another report, a Saudi man suspecting the behavior of his African housemaid decided to install secret cameras in the kitchen.
When he later checked the video, he saw the maid urinating in the cooking dish.
The Kingdom started recruiting a large number of African domestic helpers after Indonesia banned the the fresh recruitment of housemaids last August. Most housemaids working in the Kingdom are from Indonesia and the Philippines. The majority of the 1.5 million Indonesian workers in Saudi Arabia are housemaids.


World applauds as Saudi women take the wheel

A Saudi woman and her friends celebrate her first time driving on a main street of Alkhobar city in eastern Saudi Arabia on her way to Bahrain on June 24, 2018. (AFP / HUSSAIN RADWAN)
Updated 25 June 2018
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World applauds as Saudi women take the wheel

  • As the de facto ban on women driving ended after more than 60 years, women across the Kingdom flooded social media with videos of their first car trips, while some police officers among the large number out on the streets distributed roses to the first-ti
  • The celebrations even reached as far as France, where Aseel Al-Hamad, the first female member of the Saudi national motorsport federation, drove a Formula 1 racing car in a special parade before the French Grand Prix at Le Castellet 

JEDDAH: The world awoke on Sunday to images and video footage many thought they would never see — newly empowered Saudi women taking the wheel and driving their cars.

As the de facto ban on women driving ended after more than 60 years, women across the Kingdom flooded social media with videos of their first car trips, while some police officers among the large number out on the streets distributed roses to the first-time drivers.

The celebrations even reached as far as France, where Aseel Al-Hamad, the first female member of the Saudi national motorsport federation, drove a Formula 1 racing car in a special parade before the French Grand Prix at Le Castellet.

“I hope doing so on the day when women can drive on the roads in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia shows what you can do if you have the passion and the spirit to dream,” she said.

In a tribute to Saudi female drivers, the Lebanese soprano Hiba Tawaji released a special video of a song she performed live in Riyadh at a concert last December “Today women in Saudi Arabia can legally drive their cars,” she said. “Congratulations on this achievement, this one’s for you!”

Back home in Saudi Arabia, the atmosphere was euphoric. “It’s a beautiful day,” businesswoman Samah Algosaibi said as she cruised around the city of Alkhobar. 

“Today we are here,” she said from the driver’s seat. “Yesterday we sat there,” she said, pointing to the back.

“I feel proud, I feel dignified and I feel liberated,” said Saudi Shoura Council member Lina Almaeena, one of the first women to drive in the Kingdom.

She told Arab News that the event was changing her life by “facilitating it, making it more comfortable, making it more pleasant, and making it more stress-free.”

Almaeena urged all drivers to follow the traffic and road safety rules. “What’s making me anxious is the misconduct of a lot of the drivers, the male drivers. Unfortunately they’re not as disciplined as they should be. Simple things such as changing lanes and using your signals — this is making me anxious.

“But I’m confident: I’ve driven all around the world when I travel, especially when I’m familiar with the area. It’s really mainly how to be a defensive driver because you have to be.”