Couple Enslaves Two Muslim Women, Abuse and Torture Them!

…and they were found guilty! Alhamdulillah! Good for them. The two Muslim women from Indonesia were rescued by another Muslim who was working at a Dunkin’ Donuts! MashaAllah! On a funny side note, doesn’t the Hindu women look like Cruella De Vil from 101 Dalmations?

Jury Finds Millionaires Guilty in ‘Modern-Day Slavery’ Case

varsha-mahender-sabhnani.jpgCENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. — A jury on Monday convicted a millionaire couple of enslaving two Indonesian women they brought to their mansion to work as housekeepers.

Mahender Murlidhar Sabhnani, 51, and his wife, Varsha Mahender Sabhnani, 45, were each convicted of all charges in a 12-count federal indictment that included forced labor, conspiracy, involuntary servitude, and harboring aliens.

Prosecutors said the women were subjected to repeated psychological and physical abuse and were forced to work 18 hours or more a day.

The Sabhnanis, who have four children and operate a worldwide perfume business out of their Muttontown home on Long Island’s Gold Coast, could face up to 40 years in prison, although attorneys predicted the punishment would be considerably less. He is from India, and she is from Indonesia, but both are naturalized U.S. citizens

One of the couple’s daughters, Dakshina, collapsed in the front row as the verdict was read, prompting the judge to clear the courtroom while medical personnel attended to her.

Defense attorney Jeffrey Hoffman said he would appeal. “Apparently, the jury was taken by the histrionics …” of the Indonesian women, he said.

Fellow defense lawyer Stephen Scaring said another of the Sabhnanis’ children, daughter Tina, told him: “We never did anything to anybody, how could this happen to us in America?”

Prosecutors refused to comment until court proceedings were completed.

A representative of the Indonesian consulate in New York declined to comment.

Prosecutors called it a case of “modern-day slavery.” Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Lesko said in closing arguments the poorly educated women worked as housekeepers for $100 or $150 a month — all of which was sent to their relatives back home.

Lesko said the women, known only as Samirah and Enung, were subjected to “punishment that escalated into a cruel form of torture” that ended when one of the women fled on Mother’s Day.

Allegations of abuse included beatings with brooms and umbrellas, slashings with knives, being made to repeatedly climb stairs and take freezing cold showers as punishment for misdeeds that included sleeping late or stealing food from trash bins because they were poorly fed.

Samirah, the woman who fled the house in May, said she was forced to eat dozens of chili peppers and then was forced to eat her own vomit when she failed to digest the peppers, prosecutors said.

“This did not happen in the 1800s,” Lesko said. “This happened in the 21st century.”

Enung testified that Samirah’s nude body once was covered in plastic wrapping tape on orders from Varsha Sabhnani, who then instructed Enung to rip it off. “When I pulled it off, she was screaming,” the housekeeper said through an interpreter before breaking down in tears on the witness stand.

The Sabhnanis’ defense attorneys contended the two women concocted the story of abuse as a way of escaping the house for more lucrative opportunities. They argued the housekeepers practiced witchcraft and may have abused themselves as part of an Indonesian self-mutilation ritual. They also said the couple went on frequent vacations that would have given the two women ample opportunity to flee.

The Sabhnanis spent nearly three months in jail until a judge approved a bail package that required them to post $4.5 million and pay an estimated $10,000 a day for security monitoring while they were kept under house arrest. The bail package remained in effect Monday.

Source: FOX News

19 Replies to “Couple Enslaves Two Muslim Women, Abuse and Torture Them!”

  1. Well……………at least now I know whose who………..

    I’ve been hearing about this nutty story for a while now.

  2. Asim on December 18, 2007 at 4:31 am said:

    i dont think labelling each other is gonna help akhi. ur only fueling the fire :/

    I’m the Muslim version of Fox News. 😀

    Just kidding.

    It’s not fueling anything. Don’t worry. Hopefully the non-Muslims will understand and see that “hey, maybe we shouldn’t judge the actions of Muslims on Islam” after seeing these news articles and how religion is not anywhere to be seen.

    Wallahi, if a Muslim did this, they’d link it to the shariah probably.

  3. I dunno bro,
    Sarcasm of this nature tends only to increase the hostilities and animosity rather than enlighten. Sort of a tit-for-tat thing, knamean?

  4. Very interesting… Compare this to the “alleged” slavery by Abu Turki in the Colorado case, a case that was built on a house of cards. YET remember the noise that the right-wing bigots made about “islamic slavery”, etc… You wont be hearing them talk about this one… bigots can only be bigots!

  5. Actually, they’re known for being rich & f*cked up. Thats about it really.

    They could be Indian Christians and the victims could be Pagan for all I care.

  6. MR the title of your article just creates animosity between religions, your just fueling the flames. Your title is reminds me of a how a trashy tabloid would title their articles in order to sell their paper. Maybe you should change the title of the article, and take it off your away message, instead of just asking for forgiveness…

  7. MR is just upset that fellow Muslims got messed up by some sickos. I feel him on that, but yeah don’t keep bringing other faiths into things unless it’s more relevent.

  8. Surprised on December 18, 2007 at 11:03 pm said:

    MR the title of your article just creates animosity between religions, your just fueling the flames. Your title is reminds me of a how a trashy tabloid would title their articles in order to sell their paper. Maybe you should change the title of the article, and take it off your away message, instead of just asking for forgiveness…

    Have you seen how Islam is represented in major news outlest like CNN, FOX News, ABC News? They are not tabloids. EXACTLY what MR did in his title is EXACTLY what these MAINSTREAM news agencies do to Islam.

    What hypocrisy! When it’s not about Islam, it’s ‘tabloid’ style writing! Seriously! What the hell is wrong with some of you people out there?!

  9. I agree with “Surprised” & Dave.

    If you’re standards of journalism and reporting are those of FOX News, CNN, etc. than you have problems.

    Just because “they” do something to Islam, doesnt mean u should go ahead and join in their pathetic games. You should be better than that, and you aught to raise the level of dialogue and understanding to help curb the idiocracy really being spewed by a major faction of the news media industry.

    Just as the News Media has been corrupted with the battle for ratings and advertising revenue, dont let MR.net follow along the same disparaging fate. Theres more to a website than putting up shocking tabloid-style headlines just for shock value to bring in an extra few hits.

  10. I’m all for the success of this blog. Of course, I hope the amount of controversy sparked by headlines is limited. Debating on article content is fine.

  11. Salam alaikoum ,

    it would be good of course to have a look in our own community , espacially in Saudi Arabia , Lebanon , Dubai and many other country to see how poeple are treated , even persons who belong to our own ummah …

    Habib

  12. i agree with you habib.good and bad people are everywhere but it seems that muslim people are abusing their own poor people as cruelly as anything in their own country or community too.so while we praise all mightey god that these muslim woman are saved lets not villyfy hindus .think these muslim woman was saved by american law which is christean foundation and we should appreciate the fact. in our own muslim nations very few coutr punishes offenders .so rather we should be vigilent and hope that people would come to their sences and treat each other with kindness. amen.

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