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Jayalalithaa offers Rs 10 lakh financial aid to Tamil maid whose hand was chopped off in Saudi Arabia

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Enduring harrowing days after her right hand was chopped off allegedly by her employer in Saudi Arabia, domestic help from Tamil Nadu, Kasturi Munirathinam arrived in Chennai on Saturday with Chief Minister Jayalalithaa announcing a financial aid of Rs.10 lakh for her. She arrived in a Saudi Airlines flight and was brought out in a wheel-chair by waiting paramedics to an emotional welcome by family and friends.

“Thanks for all,” the 55-year old woman muttered as she was taken in a waiting ambulance to the Government Rajiv Gandhi General Hospital here for higher medical treatment in the presence of senior State officials.

Jayalalithaa ordered Rs 10 lakh financial assistance from the Chief Minister’s Public Relief Fund to Kasturi Munirathinam considering her financial state.

“This fund will be invested in the Tamil Nadu Power Finance and Infrastructure Development Corporation and the monthly interest of Rs.8,330 will be provided every month to Kasturi Munirathinam till her life time,” she said in an official release.

“On my orders, officials have sent Kasturi to Government Rajiv Gandhi General Hospital for requisite higher medical treatment,” she said.

She also recalled her continuous efforts to help the poor woman. In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi last month she had urged him “to take up the issue at the highest level in Saudi Arabia and get Kasturi best medical treatment, adequate financial compensation and facilitation of her safe and early return to Tamil Nadu.”