Ethiopian woman who was abducted, beaten on viral video hangs herself
BEIRUT — An Ethiopian housemaid in Lebanon committed suicide on Wednesday, Ethiopia’s consul general said, a week after video footage of her being dragged along the streets by a man and forced into a car sparked national outrage.
“I went to the hospital today and they said that she hanged herself at 6 o’clock this morning,” Asaminew Debelie Bonssa told Reuters, adding that the maid, Alem Dechasa, had been taken to hospital in order to recover from her forcible abduction.
“I am deeply shocked. I went to see her yesterday and I was told that she was ok,” said Bonssa.
Last week, Lebanese television channel LBCI sparked nationwide indignation after broadcasting footage of a man violently dragging Dechasa along a street in Beirut and screaming at her to “get into the car.”
Another man was then seen helping to force Dechasa into the back of the car while she squirmed and screamed “no, no, no.”
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BEIRUT: The Ethiopian domestic worker whose beating outside her country's consulate was widely publicized on video committed suicide today
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