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Nurse sues former Israeli employers

Jerusalem (PTI): An Indian nurse, employed as a guest nursing aide in Israel, has claimed damages of Rs 14.20 lakh from her former employers for salary owed over three years, compensation for unpaid work, recreation leave and other social benefits eligible under Israeli law.

In her submission to the Jerusalem labour court, 30-year-old Sofie Thomas from Kochi sued Joseph Oron and members of his family for forcing her to work under conditions approaching slavery and exploiting her vulnerability while nursing his aging mother, Esther, and then as a live-in maid and child-care help to other members of the family.

Thomas first came to Israel in January 2000 at Oron’s invitation and a promised monthly salary of $100 and nursed his mother at Moshav Taoz, a farming community founded by Keralite Jews on Jerusalem’s outskirts. Esther died in March that year.

For the next 15 months, Sofie, a former nurse at a Kochi hospital, was a live-in maid for Oron’s sister Dorit Josef Solomian. She worked 16 hours a day, doing all the household chores and caring for the family’s two infants. She had no rest, no free time and no day off.

“I hardly went out, only to dispose the garbage. I didn’t know even how the Moshav looked like, didn’t meet anybody. And when I wanted to go out, Dorit would say, stay inside, you’ve nothing to do out there,” Sofie told a Jerusalem local weekly, Kol Hair, on Friday.

Bleach back in hospital

Calcutta: Peter Bleach, serving a life sentence in the Purulia armsdrop case, was back at SSKM Hospital on Wednesday after Alipore Central jail doctors failed to carry out routine checks on the bedridden prisoner suspected to be suffering from tuberculosis (TB), says a staff reporter.

SSKM doctors accused the prison officials of “gross negligence” in failing to perform the daily tests they had specified when they last examined Bleach more than a week ago.

“We are extremely unhappy with the jail authorities,” said Dr S. Mitra, the chest specialist who examined Bleach.

“We had instructed them to carry out the tests 10 days ago, and we still haven’t seen the results. If they provide us with the samples, we can even determine the results here… It appears they were so negligent that they failed to check his medical records. This is how jail authorities treat prisoners,” he added.

The former British intelligence officer had complained of fever and severe coughing fits over a month-long period, following a hunger strike in early September to protest against his continued incarceration.

Jail authorities, however, claimed that while the tests had been carried out, they had been unable to get the results verified. “We tried to get the results done at a private clinic, but nobody was able to spare a container for the liquid,” said Alipore jail superintendent Ramapada Bhattacharya.

Jawan shoots officer after tiff

Jammu (PTI): A Rashtriya Rifles (RR) jawan allegedly killed his officer and another jawan following a quarrel in Kishtwar town of Doda district, a police spokesman said.

The accused, Lance Naik Ajeet Kumar, shot at Havaldar Major Chawan Parkash and Naik Diger Singh on Monday night using his service weapon. Singh died on the spot and Parkash succumbed to his injuries on the way to hospital. A report was lodged by an RR official in a police station in Kishtwar on Tuesday, the spokesman said.

Son ‘set ablaze’

Akola (PTI): A woman allegedly set her mentally-challenged son on fire on Tuesday after another woman complained about him. The 26-year-old son succumbed to his burns in hospital. The man, Raju Shrikant Tayde, had beaten up a boy, whose mother complained to Tayde’s mother. Enraged, she dragged him into the house and allegedly set him on fire.

Student shot dead

Muzaffarnagar (PTI): A 20-year-old student was shot dead by some miscreants near a college here on Wednesday. The senior superintendent of police said Tejra, a B.Sc student, was on his way to college when some students intercepted him and opened fire. He died on the spot. Enmity was stated to be the reason for the murder.

Women tonsured

Gorakhpur (PTI): The heads of two women were shaved and their faces smeared with black ink by some youths in Kamharia village near here who alleged that they were sex workers, police said. According to deputy inspector-general (Gorakhpur range) R.. Yadav, eight youths of the village in Maharajganj district attacked the house of one Amarawati on Tuesday evening. They beat her up, accusing her of indulging in the sex trade. They also beat up another woman, Bimla, in the same village and Amarawati’s nephew accusing them of working with her. The youths later shaved the heads of the two women.

Rape in cop’s home

Srinagar (PTI): An eight-year-old domestic help in a police inspector’s house was allegedly raped by her 17-year-old co-worker, police said on Wednesday.


An Indo-Pak friendship mela will be organised at the Wagah border on November 29 to pay tribute to lakhs of Punjabis who were killed during the Partition riots in 1947. A 10-member Pakistani delegation will attend the fair and pay homage.

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