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Varsha & Mahendra Sabhnani – Guilty

17 Dec

Varsha Sabhnani, an Indonesian of Indian origin, and Mahendra Sabhnani, her India-born husband, were today found guilty on all charges pertaining to the illegal detention and abuse of their Indonesian domestic help. Newsday reports:

Mahender Sabhnani looked stunned as the verdict was read. Daughter Pooja started crying. Another daughter, Dakshina, collapsed backwards in her seat. Then Varsha Sabhnani, who had been crying with her head on her husband’s chest, got up and leaned over to help her daughter. At that point, Dakshina screamed, “Papa! Papa! Papa!” The judge immediately cleared the courtroom.
[…]
Jeffrey Hoffman, one of the couple’s lawyers, said, “We’re very disappointed in the verdict. The jury was taken with the histrionics” of the enslaved domestics, who provided detailed testimony about years of abuse and torture at the hands of the Sabhnanis.

No word yet on sentencing or whether the couple’s multi-million dollar home on Long Island will be forfeited by the federal government.

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45 responses to “Varsha & Mahendra Sabhnani – Guilty

  1. In NJ

    December 17, 2007 at 5:34 pm

    Just wondering, if anyone could explain, the Sabhnani’s actions in Indian context. Employing domestic maids in India is a lot more common as I understand.

    What would have happened if this had been done in India? Would their actions be condoned and ignored? Just curious that’s all.

     
  2. rob

    December 17, 2007 at 10:51 pm

    Yo mate..I m an Indian,presently living in Australia.These kind of first degree abuses are not common though.But I should say that, most people are friendly towards their workmaids except a full lots of old hags and stereotypes sticking to the hierarchical model.But I seriously doubt that this kind of incident would be publicised.Money controls everything in India including the police and the jury.You can control almost anything.You can kill a person and still be sent on bail.The common lot from a average earning family,should not even think of legally appealing against fucking rich bastards.Post modern India is full of new ideas in business and technology.But the way of social thinking and attitude towards their sub ordinates is yet to change.

     
  3. dilip gidwani

    December 19, 2007 at 6:46 am

    It is not possible for any wealthy and successful family to treat domestic help as has been described by the media and the two maids. This testimony needs proper verification.

     
  4. Deen

    December 19, 2007 at 8:38 pm

    I feel this is a normal tactics played by most of Mad servants hired form Indonesi and phillipines

    it is imposible to hold some one for five good years without their own willingness and when these coule were travelling out side the country for biiz why these mad servan did not report the matter to any one and who stop them from going out and filing the complaint or calling Ploice

    Thsi all plot against this coupple and i am sure the agency who has arrnaged these sevants or their faimily memebrs might be behind the issue to extract some ,money from this couple

    it sems no one want to see the true picture except what press is showing and we shall see the both sides of the coin

     
  5. ria

    December 20, 2007 at 7:16 am

    hey,
    i really can’t believe anyone cld torture their maids like this.
    A proper investigation shd be conducted.
    the truth will surface soon.

     
  6. Amrita

    December 20, 2007 at 12:45 pm

    In NJ – I don’t know whether they would have gotten away with it or not, that largely depends on where they did it and how much attention their behavior received in the press. But in no circumstances would their behavior be condoned.

    Rob – you forget the press. If the press gets involved, the way it did in the Sabhnanis case, then definitely they’d have a hard time beating the rap.

    Dilip – are you serious? What about wealth and success limits one’s ability to be cruel?

    Deen – If you want to defend the Sabhnanis, that’s one thing, but casting aspersions on two whole communities in order to do so is unwarranted and reeks of racism. Btw, Varsha Sabhnani is Indonesian. Of Indian descent but Indonesian.

    Ria – there was an investigation. It led to trial and conviction.

     
  7. dipali

    December 21, 2007 at 12:52 pm

    These things do happen. Ruth Rendell’s book ‘Simisola” is a fictionalized account of illegal immigrants smuggled into Britain and kept under inhuman conditions for years.
    Given power over another, any human being can abuse it, unfortunately.

     
  8. Amrita

    December 24, 2007 at 1:57 pm

    Dipali – I’ve never been a big ruth rendall fan but i’ll look this one up. thanks 🙂

     
  9. andrew

    June 26, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    you guys keep talking about this happens in britain, and in India, give me a break, this is UNITED STATES. and this stuff isnt condoned here. My dad has a servant in Newyork and was appaled by this case, if anything they deserved longer in jail, and i hope they rot in there.

     
  10. jay

    June 26, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    Not to point fingers at a proud community and otherwise conscientious people, it has happened before. In SF bay area a few years ago, a restaurant owner of Indian origin was convicted of enslaving 2 women, one of whom died of either malnutrition or illness. He was an outwardly generous man, with dirty secrets. I don’t want to make a sweeping generalization, but honestly, anyone will tell you that the poor in India are treated by the rich more as pests than as people.

     
  11. Ramesh Manghirmalani

    June 26, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    I am so sorry for kids, at the end children are losers-Let us not point fingers at any one. May God Bless them . The Judge is equally guilty is passing wrong judgment without knowing the situation.

     
  12. A Mac

    June 26, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    Anyone who believes that this type of cruelty doesn’t happen clearly never watches the news…There are sick and demented people of every race inhabiting all parts of the globe. They are child molesters, animal abusers, rapists, child pornographers, murderers, drug dealers that purposely get children hooked on drugs, fathers who keep their children AND grandchildren locked in basements in Austria!! People are capable of just about ANYTHING! It sickens me. The fact of the matter is that there is always someone stronger who will find someone weaker to hurt. These people need to be put down…they are of no value to society.

     
  13. asp

    June 26, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    well done Varsha Sabhnani. they deserved it. they were illegal and should be given nothing.these poor people prey of us rich. they just want to make it big quick without hard work.damm illegal immigrants.GO BACK HOME.

     
  14. BP

    June 26, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    Mr. Manghirmalani – you are implying that you know something more than the judge who heard the whole case ??? The judge did not give a verdict without listening to the entire case, evidence from both sides and listening to the jury. What more are you expecting ???

     
  15. Frank

    June 26, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    I couldn’t imagine that a lot of people are expressing their dis apointment with housemaids. They are the true heroes to us here in the Philippine. Those maids from our country are mostly intellectuals, sadly there is not enough labors, that they tend to look for a job abroad.

    It is true that a lot of people are treating them inhumanely, mostly people from the middle east are the one who’s doing the maltreatment.

    Its a fair treatment to those rich… they should be punish.

     
  16. Ike

    June 26, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    Hey asp you deserve to be in along with Varsha, for at least 25 Years minimum.
    you slime ball, looks like that you people have no morals.

     
  17. jul

    June 26, 2008 at 11:53 pm

    dear asp, pls pray to GOD as much as you can.
    I think you have a bitter root deep inside your heart, or you keep a big hatred to somebody to whom you cannot express your revenge.
    May GOD forgive you and the Sabhnanis.
    I am Indonesian, I have 2 servants here, and we live like family. Everybody has fault. I do, you do, and everybody does, so forgiveness is the most valuable thing to give. Hope GOD will give you peace.

     
  18. MO

    June 27, 2008 at 7:05 am

    I have personally witnessed abusive servant situations growing up in India. Anyone who says that it doesn’t happen, or happens rarely, just isn’t paying attention. AND here in the US I have heard an old high school friend of mine (who is from one of India’s richest families — a very recognizable name, believe me) tell me about how she brought a servant from India over to the US to look after her young son. She paid the servant’s family according to Indian pay rates and gave the servant herself a modest allowance which were NOT in keeping with US wage laws. Her working conditions were also not according to US laws. In the end the servant “ran off” with a man, in my friend’s words. I couldn’t help but think how horribly backward my friend was, feeling that just because they’re Indian and poor and uneducated they do not deserve the same human rights as someone in the west. Just two months ago, I heard someone say that they wanted to get a nanny from India because they couldn’t afford childcare here (they have a million-dollar home, a Mercedes and a BMW, by the way)… and I knew it was code for a “servant” they would overwork and underpay.

     
  19. Gajendra Singh

    June 27, 2008 at 8:27 am

    1. This ( on an only slightly less cruel scale ) happens a lot in India . I am saying this not to codone the behaviour of Sabhnanis . They deserve the sentence and I hope the abused maids are rewarded so much money in back wages that this evil couple is financially ruined . My point is that treating poor , unfortunate people as subhuman is ingrained in Indian culture . Only economic success does not make a country civilized on its own .

    2. Had it happened in India Sabhnani’s would never have been convicted . Anybody believes that S. Nanda will be convicted in the BMW case ? Columnist Karan Thapar wrote a tearful column about how the poor little rich kid was not being allowed to go abroad to persue his studies just because he was accused of mowing down some people sleeping on the pavement with his car . Way to go Karan . They rich are sooo persecuted in India !!
    In the celebrated Bhanwari Devi rape case the learned judge said that the accused could not have raped Bhanwari Devi because they were upper caste men who would never have any physical contact with a low caste woman like Bhabwari Devi !!
    In another rape case of tribal women in Bihar the judge refused to accept the testimony of the victims on the ground that since they had a low economic and social status it was not beyond the realm of possibility that they could have been bribed to lie to frame the poor accused .
    The only people being sentenced for corruption are clerks who took Rs. 200/ as bribe . Any chance of retired senior U.P. beaurocrat Akhandda Pratap Singh , accused of illegally amassing hundreds of millions Rupees , being convicted ? Nah !
    I am an Indian living in India and I deeply love my country in the sense of loving my countrymen but our civic society is broken .

     
  20. Gajendra Singh

    June 27, 2008 at 9:41 am

    “Ramesh Manghirmalani, on June 26th, 2008 at 8:11 pm Said:

    I am so sorry for kids, at the end children are losers-Let us not point fingers at any one. May God Bless them ”

    Hello Ramesh do you mean this Sabhanani “kid” :

    “Pooja was said to have chained closed the main refrigerator in the Sabhnanis’ home when the family went on vacation so that the Indonesian women could not have access to food inside. ”

    and also

    “On her Web site, Pooja says her other favorite movies include the horror film “The Shining” and “The Transporter,” a flick about slavery in which an Asian girl is trussed up in a bag and stuck in a car trunk.”

    or this one:

    “Dakshina was said to have informed on Samirah, telling her parents that the Indonesian woman had taken a forbidden sip of milk from the family refrigerator.”

    Innocent kids indeed!!

     
  21. Jayendra DESAI

    June 27, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    Most rich folks of Indian origin ( I know of them) when they live abroad they still want to retain their lioving style and entertaing style as in ndia This is a very labour intensuive and indulgent style So instead if switching to bare snacks and cocktail parties(no longer than two hours) they go for lavish entertaining and then they dont employ adequate hands so this abuse occurs (The rich folks dont sopare their familes the same in echange for small favours Several yars ago UN opersonnel fro Bew york did the same thing they take away thir passports so they cannot even escape
    these folks still cat get used to hard labour them selves or pay for them through caterars) Ican also guess that these folks get many unwanted guests all the time-several families i know have this problem (but then they visit India they exact a hefty price)_
    If one watckes ld British movies about Broitish Arstrocarcy this pucture would not be inaccurate the new indian aristrocracy is a very bullyoing kind

     
  22. Gajendra Singh

    June 27, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    There was a similar case in India a few years ago . A kid was taken from her parents on false promises ( how these beasts love to have kids as servants ! They are easily intimidated , are “safe” and you can get away with giving them only leftover crumbs and old , worn out clothes ) . She was regularly beaten , worked 18 hours a day and was even branded with hot iron rod . Unfortunately I can’t remember the names of the kid or the emplyer scum . Can anybody remember the details ?

    P.S.- I agree that as long as I or somebody else does not provide the details you will be justfied in ignoring this story . I posted this only because I hope that someone will remember the details and post them here.

     
  23. Gajendra Singh

    June 27, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    Hi , I found the link :

    http://www.hindu.com/2005/04/04/stories/2005040412540300.htm

    And here is the story

    “12-year-old maid escapes to freedom

    By Rasheed Kappan

    BANGALORE, APRIL 3. Sunita (12) was allegedly beaten, harassed and even poked with red-hot knives by her employers. She suffered this for months as a domestic servant before she made a dramatic escape on Saturday night from an apartment in the city’s Krishnarajapuram area.

    The girl was rescued by the Child Helpline on Sunday, barely days after two girls escaped the clutches of their employers.

    Now housed at the Association for Promotion of Social Action (APSA), Sunita (name changed to protect identity) enjoys her freedom. But she earned it, risking her dear life. On Saturday night, she had climbed down from the third floor of her employer’s apartment.

    Hanging onto the pipes at the rear of the building, she had crept down. Down below, a tea vendor, Raju, gave her refuge and food for the night.

    Sunday morning, Sunita’s tale of woes shook the neighbourhood.

    The sight of her bruised body with burns all over was enough for the public to alert the Child Helpline and the Concern India Foundation. She was eventually taken to the APSA home in Annasandrapalya. “She used to be beaten even for small matters.

    The employers used to heat spoons and knives and poke her with them. She had burn scars on her face and arms,” APSA’s executive director, P. Lakshapathy, told The Hindu.

    He said an APSA counsellor would speak to the girl on Monday and later produce her before the Child Welfare Committee. The panel was constituted by the Department of Women and Child Development under the Juvenile Justice Act. The panel is likely to lodge a police complaint after a medical examination of the girl.

    Incidentally, her employers were a doctor and his software engineer wife. She was reportedly hired to look after an infant.

    Questioned by the Concern India Foundation volunteers, the employers branded the girl as mentally disabled.

    “The doctor’s wife said the girl was mad and violent and that they had spent about Rs. 20,000 on her medicines. They even wanted to take her back to her hometown. But we found that she was absolutely alright and not mentally disabled,” Ms. Shobha Rajan from the Foundation said.

    For APSA, Sunita’s is the third such child labourer rescued in the past one week alone. A six-year-old girl was rescued from a house in J.P. Nagar last week. “Her employers had brought her from Nellore in the pretext of giving her education and shelter. But she used to be woken up at 5 a.m. and made to work. There were no adults to help her,” said Mr. Lakshapathy.

    When she was brought to APSA, “she was malnourished,” he recalled. “She was fed just two meals. There was no breakfast. And she had to sleep on the floor.” A few days later, APSA had received another inmate, an 11-year-old child worker, a victim of torture and abuse, based in Jeevan Bima Nag”

    Somehow I don’t remember people being very angry with the doctor husband and her software engineer wife . It’s perhaps because we take it for granted that such things happen in genteel Indian households . Was the evil couple convicted ? I think rather not . I would love to be proved wrong here but I think I am right .

     
  24. Gajendra Singh

    June 27, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    Ok here is the link ; http://www.hindu.com/2005/04/04/stories/2005040412540300.htm . Let me make a prediction – this doctor/software engineer couple will never pay for its crimes. I would love to be proved wrong here but I an confident that I will turn out to be right .

     
  25. Gajendra Singh

    June 27, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    Sorry for double posting. My previous post did not appear initially and I thought that it was rejected by the site script for some reason. So I reposted a shorter version. My apologies for this and also for the typos .

     
  26. JD

    June 28, 2008 at 8:10 am

    I happen to live in the same housing development as the Sabhnanis and I am surprised by the reaction of the Indian community here. Most are Indian immigrants, as opposed to second generation like my husband and me.

    These people believe the two were wrongly convicted. What I can’t understand is how they can still hold that view after a defense that produced essentially nothing to contradict the evidence provided by the prosecution. Even the Sabhnanis didn’t take the stand in their own defense. And these people had the best defense money could buy. They couldn’t produce even one witness stating that the women were allowed out of the house, seemed well-fed and happy? One of our neighbors said she had been in the house, knew there were servants there, and yet had never seen them. These people need to wake up.

     
  27. cassie

    June 28, 2008 at 10:19 am

    Gajendra Singh,
    What do you do for a living? You should be a civil rights leader and bring about badly needed change in India. I’m just kidding. Despite the advances made in technology and improved standard of living for some, India is sadly lacking in social equality. I enjoyed reading your posts because you tell it like it is of things in India.

     
  28. Gajendra Singh

    June 28, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    cassie , unfortunately I am not a lawyer but an engineer . In any case people much more qualified than me are doing there best .

    For me this particular case is not only , or even mainly about “Oh ! these evil Sabhnanis! ” just as Abu Gharib
    was not just about a coulple of soldiers gone berserk . Instead of rusing to somehow justify the actions of persons we share our nation , ethnicity ,
    relegion or caste with we should face the facts and introspect . Usually we either blindly justify “our” people or if their actions are totally unjustifiable we conveniently brand their actions as those of a/some sick person(s) nothing to do with any shortcoming of ‘our” group . Bigotry is sweet as long as one is on the right end of it because of his ( or his nation’s/relegion’s/race’s etc. ) power but it does not make for a happy or civilized society , Being an Indian I am mainly concerned with the problems of my country . I am not qualified to speak about what Americans or Indonesians can learn from this case .

     
  29. Gajendra Singh

    June 28, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    Of course “their best’ and not ‘there best’ . Please put up with the typos . I just can’t seem to avoid them . I need more coffee methinks 🙂 .

     
  30. cassie

    June 28, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    I have a question to ask you, but please don’t miscontrue it as anything but just an innocent question. Are you a sikh? I am touched by the passion you have for India.

     
  31. Gajendra Singh

    June 28, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    No problem Andrea . “Singh” is a title used by some upper caste Hindus ( previously the so called warrior and princely caste ) as well as Sikhs( who are a seperate relegion branching off from Hindus about half a millenium ago) . I was born a Hindu while our Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is a Sikh .

     
  32. Gajendra Singh

    June 28, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    There I go again . I mean ” No problem cassie ” . Please accept my apologies . Time to go to bed I think 🙂 .

     
  33. Jane

    June 28, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    As a Caribbean immigrant of East Indian descent I am glad that other people are also realizing how selfish and mean Indian people are. They are so consumed with caste, color and money that they look down on everyone and believe that they can come to the US and treat less fortunate people like they treat them in India. Their “superiority” complex is really an inferiority complex stemming from their years of poverty in India. One needs to read VS Naipaul’s books to get a good idea of India and Indians!

     
  34. cassie

    June 28, 2008 at 5:51 pm

    Jane,
    I have some Indian friends who tend to dislike/resent other Indian people. I find this to be quite puzzling and do not understand how one group of people could ‘hate’ their own kind. I live in a mix neighborhood in the US. We all get along great and would not hesitate to help one another. Yet, I have read time and again on this message board of how Indians tend to exploit other Indians. In the Sabhnani case it was the wealthy (Indian) exploiting the uneducated poor Indonesian. Maybe, I should take up your suggestion and pick up a copy of VS Naipaul’s books at the library to have a better understanding of India and Indians.

     
  35. Sunita

    June 28, 2008 at 11:39 pm

    Things will never change in india. I am not indian but have been to india. There are too many rituals and rights to preserve the insanity in both the Hindu and the Sikh culture… My point of veiw here may have little to do with this woman and the madness that she has spilled on others. I do know factually that these people ( Indians) protect their insanities with the unfounded obligations to culture caste religion and other such measures that make getting out of the stone ages virtually impossible. There are 30 year old unmarried men who cannot tie their own shoes without the guidance of the elders… much less make such decisons as tp tell their wife that they are cruel and take a stand for reason and humanity in their own household. ( one persons opinion )

     
  36. Gajendra Singh

    June 29, 2008 at 3:52 am

    Jane , I don’t think it makes for productive debate to simply brand more than one billion people as “selfish and mean” in a sweepikg generalization without any proof or statistics . I think you are now living in the USA . If you wish I can post two pagefull of links to original documents and statistical studies to demonstrate how hatefilled and unequal ( in terms of rights , not in theory but in practice ) the US society still is . But I will never dream of generalizing all Americans ( or a particular group of Americans) as “mean’ or some other pejorative . If there are problems with the USA it iis primarily for the Americans to discuss and remedy .

    cassie , personal experiences with a ‘group” you are not very familiar with are not very helpful . What you experinced with a few dozen people ( who apart from being a very small sample are not even a random sample because most of them originated from a similar social class in India and in any case they are living in a different society ) cannot teach you much about how a billion Indians think . Naipaul is the last writer I will recommend to anyone who wishes to learn about India . He is intellectually dishonest ( but a brilliant writer to be sure ) .
    ” Edward Said, for example, has argued that he ( Naipaul ) “allowed himself quite consciously to be turned into a witness for the Western prosecution”, promoting “colonial mythologies about wogs and darkies”

    Sunita , talking of relegion and superstitions let me point a few things out . Here in India pro choice legislation is under no threat of being overturned because of pressure from the relegious fanatics . Anybody who seriously suggested giving ‘intelligent design” or its Hindu equivalent being given equal time with the theory of evolution in India would earn himself a padded cell . In India a person would never be asked by the radio talk show host to say that ” a relegious minority’s name for God is a b*tch’ to prove that he is a patriotic Indian .
    Yes , I know about the riots , lack of accountability and all other problems with my country . But it is not as if one place is pure darkness while the other is just sweetness and light .
    .

     
  37. enough

    June 30, 2008 at 12:58 am

    Hey, man, give it a rest. You’re not that smart. Opinions are like @#$%s everybody has one.

     
  38. Gajendra Singh

    June 30, 2008 at 3:14 am

    Hello enough ,

    man 1 – The earth is flat .

    man 2 – No , it’s spherical because ..( proceeds to give a lot of supporting evidence and proof )

    man 1 – Hey, man, give it a rest. You’re not that smart. Opinions are like @#$%s everybody has one .

    Yep ! the “best” argument , ” Facts be d*mned . We don’t need no stikin’ facts” .

     
  39. cutectguy

    June 30, 2008 at 7:12 am

    These people are in the wrong. They faced a court and were guilty. Why do NRI think this is fabricated. This crap happens in India as well… people just ignore it. The small minded intellectual pigmy’s on that have commented against the maids really out to go back to India if they dont like the laws of the USA. Why are they in the USA themselves.. seeking a better life.. a bit like the maids perhaps. Please why cant we all treat humans beings with respect even if they are employed to clean…?

     
  40. isk

    July 6, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    Indians…I can’t stand them and will avoid them at all cost.

     
  41. TK

    July 15, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    I don’t believe any of the allegations the Indonesians maids made. I think both the maids planned this whole thing, so that they can extort money and also get American Citizenship. From all the articles I read so far, I understand they had another maid prior to hiring these 2 women and that maid worked with the Sabhnanis for 12 years and she did not have any problems. But these 2 women were treated so badly. Why is it that they did not report for long. They could have approached the cops long back, why did they wait for 6 years. The Sabhnanis went to Indonesia for long Summer vacations. The maids could have called the cops or could have fled then..why now..it’s all cooked up. I’m sure the maids could have fled long back if they were really not treated well. Indians are very warm and emotional people. They will never ill-treat domestic workers. I’m sure the maids were taken very good care. It’s just that the maids are getting old, they have huge families to support..1 has 5 kids and the other has 9 kids.so they planned this so that they can extort money and retire and also get permanent residency or citizenship in the US, so that they can bring their kids and other family members and settle down here..where they receive lot of benefits..I strongly feel the Sabhnanis are innocent and are made scapegoats.

     
  42. TK

    July 15, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    I think the US Govt should do something about the regulations offering permanent residency (green card) or citizenship benefits to all these victims. They should just send such victims back to their home country. Lot of these illegal immigrants frame innocent people only to gain legal status in the US. If they are in pain and people have abused them then why not send them back to their family where they will find peace and comfort. Why does US offer them other benefits such as citizenship etc. I have seen quite a few cases like these where people from developing countries come to US as domestic help, some even get married and come here and later after they find out that the law is so stringent about employment rules and domestic violence and these people make false charges against their employers and spouses and take all the benefits…if these maids who are victims of slavery and the wives who are victims of domestic violence are really abused…then the US govt should send them back to their home country to ther families who will take care of them…but no these so called victims do not want to go back to their home country..they want to live comfortably in the US with the benefits and meanwhile extort money from the people/families who brought them to the US…US Govt should do something about these immigration regulations…else lot of people from third world countries will misuse them and in the bargain innocent families like the sabhnanis will suffer

     
  43. TK

    July 15, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    Tell me one thing…why did the maids put up all the so called torture for so many years…I’m sure the sabhnanis go for shopping, dinners, lunches, parties, holidays..like long weekends, summer vacations, winter breaks…don’t tell me the maids did not ahve any oppurtunity to flee/ escape…it’s just that they took some time to plan all this and once the plan is all put together..they reported to the cops..could they not run to the neighbors’ place and seek their help..it might take few minutes for them to run to someone’s house and get their help…I’m sure if they were really tortured anyone would help…

     
  44. TK

    July 15, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    ya..right…if Pooja Sabhnani chained and locked the refrigerator when they went on long summer vacations…so that the maids did not access to food..then how do you the maids survive?? Just by inhaling oxygen….This is all crap…that the kids ill-treated the maids..

    Yes…Dakshina Sabhnani must have stopped the maids from sipping the milk directly from the container…because it is not hygenic…she must have told her mom…I don;t see anything wrong with that…Indians are very hygienic and they always like to pour milk/ water/ juices in a glass/cup and drink..not sipping directly from the container…

    I think the maids have exaggerated..I don;t think there is any truth in the whole story..

    I don’t think things like happen in India..may be not this bad..these days maids are very much in demand in India too..and the maids don’t tolerate even verbal abuse let aloe physical abuse…

    In US it is highly uncommon..even if there is slightest possibility..it will not go on for 6 years or so…it’s impossible that something like this can be hidden for a long time

     
  45. Ramesh Manghirmalani, Califronia

    August 18, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    Gajendra Singh :

    I appreciate your view..Please don’t live in past century , look at future going forward. I hapen to know Pooja Sabhnani well, I do not get a feeling she is full of crap. There have been misunderstandings and misinterpretation and misrepresentations .

    Regards

     
 
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