Overworked and beaten up by the boss

source from the star news, 13 Jan 2010

THIRTEEN Indian nationals have sought refuge with a non-governmental group, claiming that their employer has been abusing them, reported Malaysia Nanban.

The men, who are working in an Indian restaurant in Subang Jaya, sought help from Alternative Action Team president B. Kalaivanar.

Worker S. Thirusool, 32, said the men, most of whom were from Ramnad and Thiruchy districts in South India, had been forced to work 14-hour shifts without any rest day.

He also alleged that although his employer had deducted RM2,200 from their salaries to apply for work permits, he was not sure if their papers were valid.

Thirusool said each time they demanded for their salaries, the employer would beat them up.

> Makkal Osai reported that two siblings, a 13-year-old boy and his 11-year-old sister, went to meet the Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, police chief on Monday to complain about their father’s ill-treatment and beatings.

The children who met the police officer in their school uniform claimed that their father beat them and their mother and that they were forced to sleep in the hall.

The boy, Kumaran, also said that they had since moved out of their home with their mother, and blamed the father’s unreasonable behaviour on the family’s refusal to allow him to sell their property to finance a film.

> Tamil Nesan reported that South Indian actress Shobana, 31, hanged herself at her home in Kotturpuram, Chennai, on Monday.

Police said the actress, who starred with comedian Vadivelu in several Tamil films, including Sillunu Oru Kaadhal, had been down with chikungunya for the past four months.

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