Amira Agarib and Afkar Ali / 17 December 2012
An Ethiopian housemaid has hung herself in the Ethiopian Consulate in Dubai.
Police were informed on Friday that a 26-year-old housemaid had been found dead inside the consulate, before rushing to the site where a number of women with various problems are being kept until they are able to travel back home.
It is understood the woman, who had only been in the country for six months, had earlier been raped by a Pakistani driver, and had left the family where she was working, leaving her without money to return home. She arrived at the consulate last Tuesday.
The woman was apparently scared that her sponsor would come to the consulate and find her and was said to be in a poor psychological state.
The police said they examined the scene and carried out an investigation, with the primary results showing the victim had committed suicide.
A CID official referred the dead woman to the General Department of Forensic Medicine for an autopsy.
The day after the woman arrived at the consulate, on Wednesday, a concerned official apparently tried to solve her problems and offer her help. The next day the woman complained of being sick, but she did not get medical attention, and the day after she was found dead. The woman apparently awoke some time after midnight on Friday morning, walked to a construction area inside the consulate, took a cable, wrapped it around her kneck and hung herself from the ceiling.
The body will be handed over by the Dubai police after completion of legal and administrative procedures. A friend of the maid’s, who did not want to be named, told Khaleej Times it was still unclear whether the victim’s family in Ethiopia were aware of her death or not, or whether she would be buried in her birth country or the UAE.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, a member of the Ethiopian community said that after the completion of the police procedures it would be decided whether the body would be repatriated, in coordination with the Ethiopian Consulate and her sponsor.
When contacted, the Ethiopian Consulate said they had no information.