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Malaysia: Two harassed Indian teachers to return home
January 08, 2008 10:35 IST
Two Indian dance teachers, who were abused by their Malaysian employers for three years, have decided to return home without taking any action against the couple, who admitted to treating them cruelly.
The Malaysian couple, who ran a music and dance school in Klang, apologised to S. Rajendra and M. Sangeetha, both 27, and offered Rs 53,000 rupees to each of them, Malaysian Indian Congress youth's welfare bureau chief T Mohan said.
The MIC, a component of the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition, helped to arrange a meeting between the women and their employers on Sunday night to resolve the issue.
The couple admitted they had slammed the two women's heads against a wall, resulting in permanent scars, the New Straits Times reported.
The two women will leave for home on Tuesday.
"Since our arrival here, we have only known fear, humiliation and tears," said Sangeetha.
Mohan said during the "emotional" meeting, after apologising to the women, the couple offered the money to each of them.
"After some deliberation and consultation with Mohan, we were told to take it for all the troubles and pain we endured," the paper quoted Rajendra as saying.
She said they would not take any further action against their employers.
"All we want to do is go back to India. We don't want revenge. We just hope this thing won't happen to others," she said.
Both Mohan and the women declined to reveal the identity of the abusive couple.
Immigration enforcement chief Ishak Mohamed said his office had no jurisdiction over cases of abuse by employers, but it could blacklist such people from hiring foreign workers.
However, he added that there had to be a formal complaint before the department could investigate.
"If there are no complaints, we can't proceed," he said
However, Mohan said he was disappointed that they did not want to pursue the matter.
"I wish to see their employers punished for what they did. But if they want to go back to India, I can't force them to stay and take legal action against their employers."
He said it was up to the police to proceed with the case.
"We will send a letter to the immigration department to ban the couple from hiring foreign workers," he added.