A few short weeks ago, Varsha and Mahender Murlidhar Sabhnani were the epitome of the Indian immigrant success story. Varsha, 45, an Indonesian of Indian descent, and Mahender, 51, an Indian, ran a multi-million dollar perfume business from their Long Island home, pictured below. The Muttontown mansion, located in one of the wealthiest areas of New York, was a fitting testament to their success.
That was then. Now, the police allege that this luxurious two story house and the couple who own it form the center of a gut wrenching tale of modern day slavery – the Sabhnanis stand accused of brutally mistreating two Indonesian women, hired as maids but treated as chattel, to be beaten and misused to the extent that they were often hidden away from sight, in the garage, basement, various cubbyholes and compartments like the one under the stairs, pictured below.
The two middle aged women, identified only as “Nona” and “Samirah”, say that they were forced to sleep on the kitchen floor, regularly starved, beaten, and tortured in various ways by Varsha Sabhnani with the full knowledge of her husband, Mahender. They put in 21 hour work days, seven days a week for the promise of $200 a month – a fraction of the amount the lowliest paid of her American counterparts would have received. Samirah told authorities that she found out that even this was a lie: her family had been receiving only half that sum.
Authorities say they learned of this house of horrors when Samirah was found wandering, bruised, half-naked and sobbing, about a mile away from the Sabhnani residence by a Dunkin Donuts manager, Adrian Mohammed, who initially thought she must be a homeless person.
“Home. I want to go home,” she begged in broken English, says Mohammed, thrusting an expired Indonesian passport at him.
Police who responded to Mohammed’s 911 call discovered two traumatized women. Samirah and Nona (who was found cowering in the 3 by 3 foot cubbyhole featured above) bore all the signs of long term abuse. They said Varsha used to beat them with household implements such as rolling pins and broomsticks, cut them behind their ears with a paring knife, forced them to take upto 30 ice cold showers in a row or eat roughly 25 red hot chillies as punishment for perceived mistakes, and gave them so little food to eat that they’d taken to secreting some away under a panel in the kitchen ceiling. Samirah even pointed out a bloodstained door; mute witness, she said, to the horrors she and Nona had suffered.
The Sabhnanis defense is that they were well known jetsetters who were as often out of the house as in it – not only did they travel the world on business but they also maintained a separate two-bedroom condo in Manhattan. The two women could have walked out at any time. The couple, who have four children, hired separate lawyers but have so far maintained a unified stance in spite of the fact that the maids consistently point out Varsha as the main aggressor.
Nona and Samirah counter that their passports were confiscated upon arrival by Varsha – she only gave Samirah’s back to her once it had expired. Nona was threatened with jail, both for her and her husband back in Indonesia, if she tried to leave. Samirah’s son reports that when he received word of what was going on in the Sabhnani household, he tried calling Varsha’s mother, who lives in Indonesia. He says she first told him to pay up a certain amount of money to buy out Samirah’s “contract” and then told him to be careful because she had the power to kill his mother.
In fact, allegation upon allegation has been spilling out ever since the Sabhnanis were arrested – from bribes offered by Varsha’s family to make it all go away to death threats against the maids’ family members. Lawyers for the defense say that all these charges are untrue and they “would not be substantiated” if produced in a court of law.
The Sabhnanis are hardly the first to be suspected of modern day slavery. Hundreds of thousands of poor workers, especially Mexicans, cross the American border every year in search of a better life. While all of them live in fear of the law and deportation, some of them end up enslaved to unscrupulous traffickers who expect them to pay off exorbitant contracts by working for a pittance. They make it all the way to the land of opportunity, to be denied any.
Mahender Sabhnani’s lawyer however, refutes all charges of human trafficking. The couple is now out on a $3.5 million bail. As they’re not only seen as a flight risk with global connections but are also considered capable of violence, conditions for release include strict restrictions such as house detention, wiretapped phones, and limited to no access to the internet. And all bills incurred by the police in said surveillance will be paid for by the Sabhnanis. The house that Nona and Samirah described as their slave pen, will now cage its owners.
“Freedom is priceless,” said the lawyer for defense. Indeed.
Update – Here
June 1, 2007 at 4:05 am
Man oh man oh man!
What a pair of beasts!! I hope they get hell for this. And hope that’ll be a lesson to other demons walking the earth.
June 1, 2007 at 1:22 pm
sadly not very likely. they should’ve learned better from other cases but people always think they can get away with this kind of shit coz the victims are so scared of the police.
June 1, 2007 at 1:51 pm
How do they sleep at night? Knowing they have shattered lives, how can they get a good night’s sleep? sigh
June 1, 2007 at 1:57 pm
well how were they sleeping at night knowing they were starving and beating two people to pulp in their house? missing a conscience, that’s how
June 1, 2007 at 2:00 pm
ooh baby baby it’s a bad world….
June 1, 2007 at 3:02 pm
cry me a river 😀
June 12, 2007 at 5:08 pm
How many more cases in USA like this?
June 13, 2007 at 10:13 am
well i think even one is too many but if you click on that link – “hardly the first” – i believe you’ll see what the situation is like. Not all of them are this bad but trafficking is common enough to show up as regular storylines on TV.
June 18, 2007 at 10:50 am
strange–if they were out much of the year, why did the maids not run away? there is something more that doesn’t meet the eye
June 18, 2007 at 11:21 am
I’ll do an update tomorrow 🙂
June 27, 2007 at 4:57 pm
Most think the illegal immigrant ladies are right in their allegations that they have been treated like slaves for a very long time. When one of them was able to escape in May 2007, why did not she/they escaped before?
We know only one side of the story, without even giving a chance to the defendants, who should have been treated innocent, until proven guilty.
June 28, 2007 at 12:54 am
Vinod, i believe I’ve put in a link as to the psychological effects of slavery. But other than that, I don’t know. As for being treated as innocent until proven guilty, they’re being dealt with in a manner accordant to the law. We’ll find out more when the case goes to court.
November 5, 2007 at 7:59 pm
I want to know the name(s) of the perfumes they are selling so that I do not
contribute to the wealth of these pigs.
November 6, 2007 at 12:44 pm
Ricky -i believe their company is called Eternal Love Parfums. Here’s their ironically named Indecent
November 6, 2007 at 3:26 pm
Wow…from the looks of the woman, I wouldn’t be suprised if she had roasted them.
November 8, 2007 at 6:54 am
Running away would seem like the obvious thing to do, but, these women had a lot of things to consider. Firstly, could their families back home afford to lose the income? if they did run away where would they go? I’m guessing they would be more frightened of the police considering their immigration status. Also, would they sleep out on the streets in a country they weren’t familiar with?
Also, considering they were slaves, we can’t ignore the psychological bariers to escape. stockholm syndrome is just one example of an obstable to escape.
Either way, accusing these women of lying implies that all the scarring and bruising was self inflicted? What would their motives be in such a case? to get their bosses sent to prison and themselves deported back? hardly.
This is not an isolated case. Globally there are scores of men and women currently enduring slavery. Though I do maintain that the Innocent until Proven Guilty principle still stands and am very sure that the american legal system (for what it’s worth) is striving in the upkeep of this principle.
November 9, 2007 at 2:13 pm
Ashutosh – she’s pretty much the model for Cruella de Vil isn’t she? 😀
Sanna – I think they’re being treated just about as fair as anybody else in their position. Certainly way better than they could hope for in either of the other two countries they’re connected to.
November 9, 2007 at 7:06 pm
This is a horrific crime!!! The cruelty inflicted upon these poor women is appalling. The negative karma created by the actions of these slave drivers will eventually be felt by them. The Sabhnani’s will reap what they sow. justice will be served and hoefully, the judge will put them UNDER the prison for the rest of their lives!!! The women’s countencnace reflects the evilness of her soul! All she needs is a broomstick!
November 11, 2007 at 1:32 pm
“UNDER the prison” – 😀
December 2, 2007 at 11:43 pm
Varsha Sabhnani is 35! She looks at least 20 years older. Karma, baby.
December 3, 2007 at 12:04 pm
with five kids in their late teens/early 20s? she’s way older than that!
December 17, 2007 at 3:53 pm
Live in maid for $200/month? How can the women not think that they can find alternative sponsers? But, then, we don’t know all the facts.
If 2 maids were in charge of an empty house for weeks at a time alone… what did they do to keep themselves busy 21hr/day ?
December 17, 2007 at 4:45 pm
Look at Varsha Sabhnani – she looks like something that comes straight from hell.
December 17, 2007 at 6:48 pm
December 17, 2007 at 11:59 pm
This is actually a case of what happens on both sides. 1) The employer mistreating the house-hold help, and 2) the house-hold help playing psychological games with the employer to the point of believing that they are in fact being tortured when they are not. Don’t forget that you are talking about the best of the best when it comes to psychological games played by Indonesian servants!!! They learn this stuff back in their own country! They know exactly how to mistreat their employer, actually pschologically abuse their employer… only later to accuse their employer of abuse. How much can an average person take before they snap? yell? scream? what would you do if your MerryMaids housekeeper peed on your floors? repeatedly. Do you get what I’m saying? Now of course I’m not saying that beating your house-hold help is legit! Nor am I saying starving them, hitting them or hiding them under your staircase is acceptable by any means. But the problem with us Americans is that we always think that no one can be deceitful except the one in power or with money. We need to wake up and see that many employers are victims too. *** And now to conclude, I’m not saying that this couple is right or wrong – but they are saying that didn’t do the horrific things the maids are accusing them of. Plus, the maids had many many many chances to run away if they wanted to. Scared of police? Yeh, if I was beaten and treated the way they’ve described I’d be more scared to stay in the house than to run away to a neighbor…. Just think about the other side for a minute. — FOOLED.
December 18, 2007 at 12:13 am
There is a special place in hell for these evil sadistic scumbags
December 18, 2007 at 12:16 am
All 4 of them need to be 86’d out of this country. None of them deserve to stay here.
December 18, 2007 at 12:23 am
The maids need to be executed or sent back to Indonesia. Execution is better – for destroying a family and deceiving the majority of our country! But then again, we are easily deceived when it comes to international affairs…
December 18, 2007 at 12:49 am
well, maybe not ‘executed’…. that’s too harsh, yes indeed. it’s not what i meant. deported is better… come on guys!! just understand my point!!! this whole thing is just frustrating!!!
December 18, 2007 at 8:01 am
I don’t know why this guy “fooled” keeps damning the maids. It is apparent that the maids were semi literate and lacking courage and hence they could not escape earlier. If “fooled” can accept the denial by the employers so easily, how does he explain their blatant abuse of US Labour laws when their visas had obviously expired, To top it all he talks about getting the maids “executed”! Preposterous to say the least!
December 18, 2007 at 9:35 am
NJC – presumably the jury knew all the facts. As to what they were doing 24/7, i believe their duties included scrubbing the tiles with toothbrushes etc. Pretty time consuming when you do it in an apartment never mind a mansion.
Solsen, Kenmaya and Vegas – well they’re looking at 40 yrs in prison.
Fooled – dude, have you considered the Minutemen? I bet they could use you.
Dasa – the least 🙂
December 18, 2007 at 10:32 am
Um, I’m really starting to wonder what type of business the commenter “fooled” is into. He sounds like someone with a real chip on his shoulder. Hmmm…sure hope all is well in “fooled”‘s household…I’d be terrified to think of the possibility that he/she might have hired help, themselves.
December 18, 2007 at 6:20 pm
I can’t wait until she meets her cellmate Big Bertha, with the tattoos and missing teeth. Then she’ll find out what slavery really is.
December 18, 2007 at 8:03 pm
First of all, I need to make it clear that i’m not trying to take sides here, but I’m trying to get people to take a different perspective to things.
I partially agree with fooled. I feel that the Sabhnani’s should be guilty of encouraging illegal immigration and failing to follow labor laws, but not the rest. Personally, the mades were left home alone for periods of time while the family was on vacation. Why not leave then?
Having servants who work long hours is VERY common in Asia, Latin America and Africa. People from poor backgrounds understand the hard labor that they will endure as part of these jobs. However, some money is better than no money.
Although I feel $100 is a low amount even for Indonesia’s poorest, please put it in perspective: For example, in india, someone can get a decent serving of food from a street stall for less than 80 INR (approx $2.00). They can actually cook the same serving for approximatly half of that. Basically, that would be enough to feed 2 people for a month.
Servants, in general, understand that they would sleep on a mat on the kitchen floor, would have to respond to their employers requests day or night, and would be tending to very spoilt and lazy people. Maybe that’s why the Sabhnani’s got two servants.
JUST FOR A SECOND, close your eyes and pretend you are a servant coming from very poor background, with no hope to succeed back at home, in a third-world country. You are brought the the US with a now expired tourist visa and have job at a family such as the Sabhnani’s, who may not have treated you with respect and are paying your family half of what you were promised. Think about ideas that would get you out of such a sticky situation.
Just think about it!
December 18, 2007 at 8:06 pm
Pretending to be the servant stuck in the sticky situation: Hmmm… They did bring me illegally and are paying me less than what is allowed in the US, so they’re screwed anyways if we rat them out. We want to go back but don’t have any money to go, so how about we rat them out and get deported? Or how about we rat them out and get legalized with a Green Card? I’m sure people will give us charity and we’ll be able to live better.
Just think about it!
December 18, 2007 at 8:09 pm
Ohh, and by the way…. I saw the video of a juror discuss how they had come to the conclusion. It was something like “I knew what the other people [jurors] were going to say, so we came to an agreement that way”.
This reminds me of “Twelve Angry Men”, where you had all the jurors swinging one way without putting too much thought into the facts because 1) They want to go home, 2) can’t stant other jurors, 3.) don’t want to put efforts into their deliberations, etc.
What a mockery of our justice system.
December 18, 2007 at 8:15 pm
The Sabhnani’s made a few big mistakes:
1.) Bringing someone illegally into the country. That’s probably their biggest mistake.
2.) Failing to pay the $200 each monthly. To the Sabhnani’s, that would be a lunch a month out. To the mades, it would mean a big difference.
3.) Trusting the misconception that poor people don’t wisen up.
4.) Forgetting that people, regardless of wealthy or poor, are still human and need continuing positive reinforcement in order to remain motivated.
Yet, their punishment severely outweight their actions.
December 18, 2007 at 11:28 pm
These two are beasts clothed in modern outfits. The rich bullying the poor has not changed in centuries, no matter how much education is given. They ought to pay severely for their wicked misdeeds.
I thank God that those affected Indonesian women have now been liberated from their sufferings.
December 19, 2007 at 12:57 am
Well Regarding how those people sleep at night.
I suffer from insomnia and dont torture any one and i cant sleep.
December 19, 2007 at 1:56 am
For all those supporting the Sabhnani’s. You should be ashamed of yourself.
In their defense, they claim that they were away and that the maids could get away. But we don’t know the truth. They probably chained and locked the maids when they are away so there is no escaping. They seem to be the types.
Pictures paint a 1000 words as they say. When you look at the photos of these maids, its clear that they were abused.
Look at Varsha, she makes ugly look beautiful. That woman is beyond ugly and evil. She has 4 kids in their 20’s yet she claims she is only 35. I didn’t realize that women can get pregnant at 10 years of age. Look at the makeup she puts on. Pretending to look white.
Indians who come to North America and attain wealth, unfortunately tend to look beneath to people of other cultures. Unless they are white. They put whites on a pedestal. If they hired 2 white maids. These maids would be treated with royalty. Just because they were from Indonesia, they were treated like rats. Infact, rats are often treated better by most standards.
Most of all, in the Sabhnani’s minds, they did nothing wrong. Afterall, these women were from Indonesia. They were beneath them. They were lucky that they, the Sabhnanis let them in their homes.
I just hope that these bastards, including their evil children get what they deserve. I am sure some Bubba and bubbette will love to make these two assholes, their own slaves for personal use. That should teach them a lesson.
December 19, 2007 at 10:10 am
What ‘Another perspective” or ‘”fooled” ( both seem to be the same person) would like us to believe is that US justice system is a mockery.
But it is because of the transparency of the US justice system that we find even the poorest souls getting justice. The supporters of Sabhnanis should ponder to think as to why the couple did not pay the 200 dollars even properly.
People in any faith ought to have the minimum feeling of kindness towards their fellow human beings and the Sabhnanis, I suppose, deserve every bit what they are facing!
December 19, 2007 at 2:04 pm
Dear “New Yorker”,
How idiotic can you get…..YOU say “we dont know the truth” but then go on to assume that the sabhnani’s “chained” the maids when on vacation so they wouldn’t escape. It seems to me that you almost want the sabhnani’s to be EVIL, without ever really hearing their side of the story. I feel that their side hasn’t really been give a chance to defend themselves, the media is making them out to be the bad guys, (even though they have already been convicted) and portraying this as the Rich abuse the Poor. If you are not from a third-world country yourself, you dont know what the lower classes are capable of, they stoop very low to get what they want. Though, I agree that all the evidence against the sabhnani’s is very strong, I can’t help but feel there is something more to the story.
As per the “New Yorkers” point on Indians playing favorites with “Whites” that is not the case at all. Infact, whites put themselves on a pedestal and look down on every other race. And how can you call their children evil? You act as if you were in the center of this case. Are you indonesian or something??
next time don’t get swayed by emotion and consider ALL the facts
December 19, 2007 at 2:08 pm
I agree with you completely!!!!!
not trying to take sides, but the maids could have just concocted this whole drama!
December 19, 2007 at 2:21 pm
she looks like a witch.hope they rot in jail staying there till they die. boycotting thier perfumes is the least we can do.
December 20, 2007 at 1:15 pm
You couldn’t be closer to the truth. You hit the nail on the head. Being of Indian ancestry, with my parents born there and myself, by God’s blessing, born in THE greatest country on Earth – United States, I have had the same experiences with these high and mighty and “holier than thou” Indian supremacists. You have to understand that the caste mentality or 19th century tribalism and elitism is very much alive in Asian cultures. Just go to any well off Indian restaurant, and you will often see white customers served first and with the most polite of character from the waiters. The same is the case on any Indian airlines, ESPECIALLY Air India. Quite frankly, it sometimes disgusts me that I am from related to the same type of people who maintain this type of mentality throughout their successes.
Regardless, the actions that the Subhnani’s took is considered to unacceptable and must be met with swift punishment. If they are let go, it will completely open the floodgates for people in their type of positions to become more irresponsible with their fortunes and hurt more innocent lives in the process. Either the state of New York makes a stand, or watch as more of these crimes continue.
Let us say, for those who seem to have a bleeding heart for the rich and famous on Long Island, that they didn’t torture the two women. The two of them are still guilty of housing illegal immigrants and slavery since these women weren’t in direct employment and you couldn’t employ them in the U.S.
The mockery of our justice system is when those with money think that they can do anything they want. They believe that the Constitution of the US had an income pre-set boundary and that those above a certain income are free to do as they please. Again, if the state of NY let’s these two go, they are going to have far more crimes on their hands since it will give people the idea that rich guys can get away from anything.
I have a mind to drive up to NY State Prison, once they officially head to the slammer, and pay Big Bubba and his gang to give Mahinder the Health Inspection treatment as soon as he drops the soap in the shower room. Maybe then it will humble him up a bit.
December 21, 2007 at 4:58 am
In reponse to Get REAL’s comment:
Then you’ll agree if you are not from a third-world country yourself you don’t know what the “upper” classes are capable of either. They’ll use all means to abuse and exploit further the economically and socially disadvantaged. Right?
December 21, 2007 at 1:38 pm
The lady Varsha looks like a cruel witch. She deserves to be put away. So should their daughters who seem like spoiled little versions of their mom
December 21, 2007 at 2:40 pm
Way to go! Typical Indian mentality – before any of u Indians out there think of penning harsh words, try this for a second. Isnt this cruelty thing COMMON in Indian households ? Rich people are known to mistreat LOWER CLASS FOLK, shamefully when shit hits the fan and we see such actions in another country done by Indians (again) to LOWER FOLK (caste/creed, not important), we try playing psychological games like the attorneys to console ourselves they (Sabhnanis) did nothing wrong and the OTHER PARTY is to blame? Give me a break. Just because one comes from a poor background in their own country does not qualify their exploiters to further their miseries, NOT ESPECIALLY INDIANS who believe in KArma, Moksha and goodness knows how many more deities! Shame on you, Sabhnanis.
Sir Francis Drake
December 21, 2007 at 4:29 pm
Varsha S. is smokin HOT !!! 😉
December 23, 2007 at 11:06 am
I really feel and understand what these two poor indonesian women went through. Back in 1988-89 myself (when i was a 6 yr old), my mom got a job as cook for a south indian restaurant in toronta Canada run by a South Indian Couple, being a single mother my mom immigrated there with me thinking of a better future for me. But those heart less people made my mother work 18 hour shifts with quarter the salary promised.
Even i was constantly abused and scolded by her bosses, some how my mom one day escaped with me and thanks to some good people in Canada we came back to India. Now by the frace of god i am well settled working as a Computer Engineer in a MNC in India.
I still don’t get it why do Indians inflict pain on there fellow indians like us.
Even from my current job which requires interaction with Americans on a day to day basis i have noticed that Indian Americans think too high about themselves then their Indian Counterparts.
I don’t want to sound racist, but my experience is that Americans are better than Indian Americans, when it comes to treating people of other nationalities.
I am sorry if i had offended any one.
December 24, 2007 at 1:35 pm
i know perfectly well what the upper-classes are capable…..i never said that the upper-classes are any better…..BUT in this case, all i am saying is that lets not be prejudice towards the sabhnani’s before truly hearing them out….though the case is adjorned and the sabhnani’s have been found guilty…..i think that this may have been an unjust case, where the jury, the media, the common man all ready thought the sabhnani’s committed this crime before they were even brought to trail….
December 24, 2007 at 4:54 pm
Hi Get Real,
Agree with you that justice should take due process, but let us not forget that there has been compelling evidence against the sabhani’s. The police in fact rescued a another maid from the home and the Sabhani’s. The employee’s of Sabhani’s have also testified.
That being said, also lets understand that before this incident was revealed, the Sabhani’s seem to have been living an afflunential life with acceptance in the American Society and were not at logger heads with others, so there would be no scope for victimization or prejudice against Sabhani’s.
I am sure the Justice System has followed due process for the conviction, if alone the Sabhani’s feel that they need better treatment, let them appeal to the higher courts, and i am sure they may consider doing that.
December 29, 2007 at 12:31 pm
This cruelty not only happens by american Indians , it happens in India itself. I´m from Spain and last year I attended a wedding in Mumbai. I was invited to different houses for parties and I was really impressed on how ” rich ” people treat their maids.
I can really imagine what The Sabhnanis and their “lovely” children can be capable of doing to their black, poor and low cultural level maids when they stoped seen them as persons.
April 1, 2008 at 3:07 pm
the whole is a set up by these 2 greedy labor class maids, its all a money play, someone coaxed them into this and got a cut…….pleaaaaaaase how stupid can one be in todays world, not walking out to a empty house,,, I cant believe how nieve the amercian judical system can get…. going on sympthy on these money hungry maids… any polygraphs no, any forsenic proof no csi please intervene here……
GRANTED she looks evil but that doesnt make her evil I feel so bad being a fellow sindhi
June 25, 2008 at 9:19 pm
Varsha Sabhnani is not Indonesian. She is Malaysian of Indian decent. Just to correct the wrong fact.
June 26, 2008 at 7:32 pm
Ok, first of all, I have to wonder if these “supporters” of the Sabhnanis are actually related to them or something, and secondly, it’s all one person posting under different names. way to hide your IP chump. I agree that both sides of the story need to be heard, but the fact that you’re so virulently against the maids indicates an obvious bias/prejudice on your part. I would venture to say that you’re probably some spoiled rich kid who looks down your nose at all lower class people merely because of the amount of money they have in their bank accounts, rather than being thankful at having been blessed with a life of well-being.
Dirty Filthy Hindu
June 26, 2008 at 7:48 pm
Why do people think all indians are dirty and filthy and brown and ugly. Yes we have stupid accents but please do not judge my browness and cruelty. I am only as dirty as I was born.
June 26, 2008 at 8:14 pm
bloody sindhis !!
you see any name ending with -ani and you know those people are screwed up in the head!
June 26, 2008 at 9:48 pm
These people were probably just evil sadists. I don’t look at this as a reflection on the indian culture. Then again, I work for a tech company and the comments I have heard my co-workers that happen to be Indian make me wonder if india is like Georgia or Alabama before the Civil Rights Act.
June 26, 2008 at 10:27 pm
Varsha looks just like a Bitch & witch. She deserve at least 25 Years behind bars along with that bastard who is married to her.
June 26, 2008 at 10:39 pm
Look at that Bastard Mahender Sabhnani, he looks mad at the whole planet & think he can do whatever he want. This Bastard should be in Jail till he die.
June 26, 2008 at 11:14 pm
That is one FUGLY multimillion dollar crib.
June 27, 2008 at 2:17 am
Where were the employers’ children during all this time ??? They never witnessed this ? Is the whole family afflicted with a personality disorder ? I have rarely read of such abject wickedness.
June 27, 2008 at 2:59 am
yea, its shocking coz it happened in states. But we hear millions of stories of Sri Lankan maids being abused and even killed in the Saudi and UAE ect. Those people are known to be abusive. its horrible really. 😦
another perspective = versha s = ass
June 27, 2008 at 3:06 am
“get real” = “fooled” = “another perspective” , don’t hide behind names you coward. I know you are one of the Subhannis or one of their lawyers.
“…the maids had many many many chances to run away if they wanted to” said you. Why would they need to flee in the first place you asshole ? and one of them DID flee to the nearest Dunkin Donuts joint, whose manager promptly called 911.
You are truly a degenerate, filthy scum of the planet. For you, anyone coming from “third world country” to the US is a low life and should be grateful for having the chance to work, albeit being tortured, for the likes of the Subhannis. You know what ? After the trial and a lot of fine and compensation later, the Subhannis will be nearly as poor as the maids they employed. I am really looking forward to hiring them as my maids in the future.
June 27, 2008 at 6:55 am
Versha’s features closely resemble that of a witch. No wonder all that $$ wealth could not help the couple from being a$$ #oles of the first order.
June 27, 2008 at 10:07 am
why all the links that lead to “page not found”?
June 27, 2008 at 12:32 pm
AHAHAHA! Bitch got owned…
June 27, 2008 at 5:00 pm
She looks scary and perversely screwed up in the head man! Quite a departure from the stereotypical Desi housewives.
June 27, 2008 at 6:04 pm
Hope lawyers are hounding the maids, begging for a chance to file multi million dollar lawsuits against that hideous family, children and all. And then after their last dollar has been drained by legal fees and judgements, I hope they get deported back to India.
O how I hope the legal fees are killing them.
Karma is a bitch
June 27, 2008 at 7:58 pm
To the coward (aka misc Subhannis relative) posting as “get real”, “fooled”, & “another perspective” know this – Mahender and Varsha are going to become someone else’s bitch in prison. May they everyday get there ass whooped, and then get there ass…..well you know where I was going.
I also sincerly hope that all of there worldly possessions, and the lifetime of wealth they accumulated is seized, and then evenly split between these poor women. If there is justice, then this will be so.
ps Varsha might be the ugliest woman in the whole world.
June 27, 2008 at 8:01 pm
Aside from the NY Times, the media has not mentioned that this couple was Hindu. Just imagine if there were a Muslim couple. Bob Grant would make a point of this on his show. Michelle Malkin would call for the deportation of Muslims. Ann Coulter would, too. Daniel Pipes would say that this is inline with Islam. Bloggers would say that this couple got away with this for so long because Muslims are deceptive. An imam would come on the Michael Weiner (Savage) show and apologize. I could go on and on.
June 27, 2008 at 8:04 pm
Typical desperate Asian’s milking the system here. If she was able to get out on mother’s day why could she have not left before? How terrible it is that these poop parents have to know go to jail for these two desperate mooches. This story is a shame as it is so easy to blame those that have worked hard and made something of their lives.
June 27, 2008 at 8:06 pm
I can’t believe how people believe everyone is the press. These two “slaves” are obviously lying.
Maggie and IndayLr2 = Subhanni kids
June 27, 2008 at 9:32 pm
Ironic how two pro Subhanni messages get posted minutes after one another. A coincidence? Yeah right.
The fact that anyone can be pro Subhanni is just crazy. I hope those two assholes rot in hell.
June 27, 2008 at 9:49 pm
dgsupra i do not know what u are…. but it gives u no right to say “bloddy sindhis”………
wldnt u like it if someone calls u a bloddy…whatever u are…?
being sindhi has nothing to do with the idiots that the sabhnanis are…
i am sindhi and it gives u no right to label a person bec of the language they speak…..
all sd…. u r a racist indian……..
the crazy couple deserve to go to prison for life.. ….it is shocking.
June 27, 2008 at 10:12 pm
I would love to be her slave and be abused by her!
June 28, 2008 at 12:09 am
I’ve never seen an uglier couple! Not only are they cruel, they even look cruel. Unvelievalbe!
June 28, 2008 at 3:43 am
why do you think we will agree to this scum couple being sent back here to India ? They are legal US citizens and let the US law deal with them . We have more than enough casteist/classist bigots of our own here . Why should we import more of them from the US ?
June 28, 2008 at 1:00 pm
GG – the newsday links are over a year old, that’s why. I guess they’re archived.
Gajendra – no probs on the double post. Links are moderated for spam that’s why it didn’t show up on the first try.
June 28, 2008 at 1:07 pm
It is beyond doubt that the whole family is guilty – guilty of their own moral values that not all people are the same and that abuse of maids is not a wrongdoing. I believe every word of the maids because the abuse happens a million of times in India and other backward countries in the world.
Every person who has access to education know about the caste system in India. The worst thing which can happen to an Indian is if you are born as a Pariah/Untouchable, your life is lost from the beginning. You are the same as dirt for the average Indian. And the worst is that this culture isn’t able to solve that problem of social and human cruelty. The Sabhani family had just imported their moral values of “fate” from India to the US. Now let’s see how they make it with their new “fate” in the prison system of the US.
June 28, 2008 at 1:41 pm
You said, “The Sabhnani family had just imported their moral values of “fate” from India to the US. Now let’s see how they make it with their new “fate” in the prison system of the US”.
I hope the Sabhnanis get a taste of their cruelty ten times over in US prison.
I could never understand Indian culture. It just seems so strange and sick, especially, with regard to the caste system.
June 28, 2008 at 2:18 pm
Andrea , read my posts in the other Sabhnani thread ( Varsha and Mahendra Sabhnani – guilty ) . You will see there that I know only too well how cruel the system of India ( my country ) can be towards its less fortunate citizens . I also wrote that had this happened in India Sabhnani’s would never have been convicted . I also explicitly refrained from commenting anything negative about the US or Indonesia
But everything is not OK in the US either . Google “Tim Wise” ( or go to timwise dot org )and do some reading . That guy gives you facts and statistics instead rhetoric .
We have had a Dalit ( pariah as you call it ) President .Our current Chief Justice of the Supreme Court is a Dalit . The Chief Minister of our biggest state is a Dalit woman . But all this does not alter the fact that to be born in a downtrodden ( which largely equates with being a Dalit or a tribal ) family is like having a big stone tied around your neck . We have our own version of the Affirmative Action but that is nothing compared to the hidden reverse Affirmative Action we upper castes enjoy throughout our lives . Most of the Indian upper caste persons think that Dalits get a free pass just because they are Dalits . We have our own veraion of civil liberty and hate crime laws . These laws help but to a very small degree . My point is that we upper castes have convinced ourselves that there is nothing wrong with our treatment of Dalits and they are being pampered if anything but nobody else in the world is being fooled .
Dont you think much of it can apply to the US too . Once again , please do read Tim Wise .
June 29, 2008 at 12:08 am
I see that my previous post was deleted….I do say that Indians looked down on other cultures…unless they are white. Just go into into any innercity store, you will see the contenpt that is often displayed openly…BOy they are worst than Asians. The incident jus crystalizes the public perception about how Indians view those who are not white and who are not in their class (caste)
We live in America not India. I hope she dies in jail.
June 29, 2008 at 12:13 am
I guess we (the public) are expected to believe that these two women, who came here FIVE YEARS AGO, for the princely sum of $100 per month, are smart enough to fabricate lies, alleged beatings, and other abuses for the sole purpose of being granted asylum to stay in this country.
They were both in their 40’s when they came here. They worked as housekeepers for five years. But somehow, they both have the ability and knowledge to beat the system.
But of course, none of what they are alleging is true, because some contractor, who was in the house for 3 months, didn’t see anything amiss. Nor did some freelancer who came to the house less than every week. This is why I could never be a defense attorney. I just could not ‘ say anything for the sake of money.
I agree that the jail term is appropriate. I do think the husband should have gotten moe than 3 yrs.\
It seems only Indians bleieve that the women CONCOTED this story. Believe it or not most innercity Americans believe that Indians are money-hungry goverment-cheatin’ indivduals who have such contempt for American citizens yet they are here trying to get rich off of the pooorest of society.
sigh….never forget where you came from as one poster aptly put it
June 29, 2008 at 4:27 am
Loves Carb , I checked a large number of blogs ( mostly Indian/ Indian-American ) and more than 90% of Indians have been saying from the beginning that the maids were telling the truth and the Sabhananis were guilty . It’s true that only people defending the Sabhnanis are some Indians but wasn’t that to be expected ? When the story of the My Lai massacre broke out weren’t Americans the only people saying that it was a fabrication ?
Yes Mahendar Sabhnani got away lightly but on the other hand 3 1/2 years also happens to be the time William Calley served for leading a massacre of 350-500 south Vietnamese civilians mostly women and children . He killed at least 22 with his own hands .
“among the 22 people – at a very conservative estimate – whom he personally shot was a child of about two, who was trying to run away.
According to a fellow soldier, Calley caught the infant by the arms, swung him into the ditch, and despatched him with a single bullet.’
Did I mention that the 3 1/2 years that Calley served were of comfortable house arrest ?
I don’t think that his fellow townsmen thought too badly of Calley . After serving his ‘sentence” Calley married the daughter of a wealthy jweller and his wedding was attended by the Sheriff and the Mayor .
June 29, 2008 at 9:33 am
My oh my what a story, this is something of the worst I ever read. Hope the couple get what they deserve.
June 29, 2008 at 6:20 pm
Slaves in America is surprising. But from my research, there are also 15 – 20 million debt slaves in India, with their children also becoming slaves. I can’t imagine. Indian culture has huge problems. I’ve been ripped off and lied to over and over by Indians. Nothing good comes out of a relationship with them, it seems. In Canada, there was a young Indian who was kicked out of a party – he got miffed, got in a truck and drove it into a bunch of people and killed a few. Ujjal Dosanjh (MP in Canada) recently warned of riots by Indian people in Canada b/c of discrimination. Maybe they should look at themselves and wonder if people are twice shy after having been bitten.
June 30, 2008 at 4:01 am
Tell me if I am wrong but I am afraid your “research” is limited to – “21st Century Slaves,” September 2003, National Geographic magazine or its online ripoffs . That is a confused article because that lumps the laborers working on 4-6 months contracts ( for example in brick klins ) with debt slaves . Now to be sure these ( mostly oral ) contracts are bl**dy exploitative and laborers ( mostly tribals ) would never agree to them if they any other means of livelyhood .
As for real debt slavery it’s illegal of course but there are debt slaves in far flung areas . the most authoritative figure is 300,000 ( about 97% being from the so called lower castes ) . Of course even one debt slave is one too many and 300,000 is a burning shame for India .
But did you know that 300,000 also happems to be the number of African Americans in prison for drug abuse who would have been free only if they were white ? Why ? Because an African American drug user is freaking 20 times ( yes that means 2000% ) more likely to go to prison than a white drug user , that’s why ! ( lipmagazine*org/~timwise/excusesexcusescjs*html ) Please replace * ( asterisk ) with . ( dot ) for the link to work .
Pleeeeease , I didn’t start posting here with intent of proving “we are better than you ‘ . I know only too well thr problems of Indian society and the attitudes of the privileged Indians in India or abroad .Almost all my earlier posts were concerned with deep problems pf the Indian society . But I object to attacks like “These bl**dy ***** are sick “. The ****** may be Indians , Indonesians , Americans or anybody else .
Anybody can have negative experiences with persons of another “group” , anybody can cherrypick criminal acts by persons of some other group ( I am sure there have been incidents of spree shooting by members of almost all major ethnic groups in USA/ Canada ) .
Do Indians in America need to change their attitude towards non-whites ? They most certainly do . Again , many ( probably most ) Indians are fine but a substantial number need to be counselled on race ralations . Then again , this is a problem which almost all etnic groups need to address .
June 30, 2008 at 6:12 am
“Yaseen ahmed, on December 23rd, 2007 at 11:06 am Said: …….my experience is that Americans are better than Indian Americans, when it comes to treating people of other nationalities.I don’t want to sound racist, but my experience is that Americans are better than Indian Americans, when it comes to treating people of other nationalities.
I am sorry if i had offended any one.” Yaseen, you have not offended me at all . What you are saying is most probably true. I recall that once there was a chess tournament held in India . The foreign players stayed in two hotels . The only problem was that the white players ( almost all of them from the USSR and Grandmasters ) stayed in a five star hotel while the Asians ( Indians and Bangladeshis ) had to stay in a lesser hotel . When the press raised stink the organizers came up with a lame excuse that it was not a question of race . It was just that Grandmasters had been given a better hotel compared to players with lesser titles . But the excuse could not explain why Niaz Murshed , a Bangladeshi Grandmaster, was not put up in the five star hotel . I could understand about the local players (i.e. Indians )but Bangladeshis were our guests just as the Soviets were . The discrimination made me sick and angry .
July 8, 2008 at 4:06 pm
u idiots read this………
stupid dumb maid gets coaxed into screwing her employer into this by someone there, most likely same race of person….. slaves gets usd50 grand while the mastermind the usd950. how can someone not leave the house in the middle of the night being there for 5 years….. its really sad this happened to these ppl the sabhnanis, i feel so bad, that those 2 evil bitches 3rd class so called helpers get away, with the sympathy of the american courts./and the morons who actually beliieve this rubbish
its funny how the press alters peoples minds and how stupid ppl are in this day and age to believe this crap