'Probe case of jailed OFW rape victim in Saudi'

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 17 2009 05:32 PM | Updated as of Sep 18 2009 01:32 AM

A Filipino migrant group in the Middle East called on the Philippine government to thoroughly probe the case of a jailed Pinay janitress  who was allegedly raped in Damman, Saudi Arabia.

“Obviously, as per the claim of her Qatar-based OFW brother Dennis Neri, OFW Nerissa did not commit a crime of having an illicit affair, but was a victim of rape,” said John Leonard Monterona, Migrante-Middle East regional coordinator.

Citing reports, Monterona said Nerissa was on her way home from work when the unidentified suspects placed a handkerchief on her face and raped her.

“We will be getting in touch with the Philippine Embassy pressing them to conduct deep and thorough investigation abut her case and will see to it that the culprit will be sent to jail,” Monterona said.

He said the victim got pregnant as a result of the crime. Getting pregnant out of wedlock is considered as an offense under Shariah Law, Monterona explained.

“She is the very victim her, and she deserves all the help and assistance from the RP post including her immediate release from prison, medical services and hiring of lawyer to file an appropriate case against those alleged perpetrators,” Monterona said.

Migrante International has been urging the government to come up with genuine protection mechanisms for OFWs.
 
“But it seems under the Arroyo government, these legitimate demands and calls of our fellow OFWs remains unheard and unattended despite Mrs. Arroyo’s previous trips in the Kingdom and in the Middle East,” said Monterona.