Group asks PHL gov’t to provide assistance to OFW raped, stabbed in Kuwait

MIGRANTE-Middle East (M-ME), a Filipino migrants rights group, today asked the Philippine officials in Kuwait to extend all the needed assistance to an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) who was reportedly been raped and stabbed by a law enforcer in Kuwait.

Arab Times, a local news daily in Kuwait, identified the victim as Marissa, 27, from T’Boli, South Cotabato was with a friend inside a taxi when the suspect “alighted from the police car” and took her, saying she will be brought to a police station in South Surra due to her expired residence visa.

The suspect however brought Marissa in a “dark and deserted” area where she was repeatedly raped, Arab Times reported.

Afterwards, the suspect pulled out a knife and repeatedly stabbed her in the neck and other parts of her body, also kicking her several times in the back. The suspect then left Marissa unconscious, according to the report.

The crime happened on the early morning of October 1.

OFW Marissa has been confined at Kuwait’s Mubarak Al Kabeer Hospital.

“The Aquino govt. should not let this pass. It must instruct the PH embassy officials in Kuwait to provide all the needed assistance to OFW Marissa including hiring of local lawyer to pursue her case against the culprit,” M-ME regional coordinator John Leonard Monterona said.

Monterona added that the PH embassy in Kuwait must ensure that there will be no cover up and see to it that the culprit will be sent to jail and sentenced.

Monterona added that he had already sent a communication to PH labor attaché David Des Dicang requesting for an update and status of OFW Marissa as per request from the latter’s kin in the Philippines.

According to Monterona, as per his group monitoring on a daily-basis, there were 2 to 3 OFWs who were subjected to physical and sexual abuse in Kuwait.

‘We also monitored about 6 cases of mysterious death involving OFWs in Kuwait last year,” Monterona added.

Kuwait is one of the notorious destinations of Filipino household service workers.

‘That’s why we were surprised why the DFA and DoLE-POEA certified Kuwait as ‘safe’ destination of OFWs,” Monterona stressed.

“So, for the nth time, we will repeatedly ask ‘Where’s the protection for our OFWs especially household service workers in the Middle East as promised by Pres. Aquino?” Monterona said.

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