Tamil Nadu woman tortured in Saudi Arabia
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Kasturi Munirathinam, a domestic help from Tamil Nadu whose hand was reportedly chopped off by her employer in Saudi Arabia, returned to India on Saturday and was reunited with her family in Chennai. 

Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had tweeted that Kasturi was to reach Chennai on Saturday.

External Affairs Minsitry spokesperson Vikas Swarup later tweeted that Kasturi had arrived in Chennai and was reunited with her family on Saturday morning. 

Earlier this week, reports had suggested that Kasturi's return from Saudi Arabia was hinged on the withdrawal of assault charges against her Saudi employer, under whom she was working as a domestic help. 

Kasturi's family alleged that her employer had chopped off her hand when she tried to complain about torture and low wages.

However, the Saudi police said that Kasturi lost her arm after she fell on an electricity generator while trying to flee from her employer's house. They also said that she was 'mentally disturbed'. 

The incident reportedly took place on 29 September. 

Indian authorities, led by Swaraj, had expressed anger at the incident, and had taken up the issue with Riyadh. 

The Indian external affairs ministry said on Saturday that its mission in Riyadh will continue to pursue the case with Saudi Arabia. 

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