*Sulekha Sundaresan

Research Scholar

Manonmaniam Sundaranar University

Abhishekapatti, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu

**Dr. K. Sumathi

Assistant Professor

Department of English

Vivekananda College of Arts and Science

Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu

*** Dr. P. Kolappadhas

Assistant Professor

Department of English

S.T. Hindu College,

Desi Vinayaga Nagar, Kottar

Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu



An innocent young girl of seventeen, named Rizana Nafeek, was mercilessly executed in Saudi Arabia on charges of having killed a baby boy. Rizana Nafeek’s name has become synonymous with migrant women domestic worker’s rights, miserable condition in homeland and inhumane treatment in foreign land. Her fatal fate drew worldwide denunciation and a deluge of sympathy globally – beyond nationality, race and religion. The loss of a cherished blameless life and the lack of respect for migrant women stirs the humanity of the author, Kalaivathy Kaleel from Sri Lanka to vent his feelings through the short story Rizana, published in Words Without Borders to voice against human trafficking, the failure of Sri Lankan government to secure the legal rights of its nationals abroad and against the general exploitation of women. The work has been translated to English by Kailayar Sellanainar Sivakumaran in order to prevent another incident such as Rizana’s to occur due to ignorance or inactivity. The author stresses the need to uphold the rights of any woman and ensure her safety in her own land as well as in foreign lands through the words of a character named Raazik.

Keywords: Rizana, Sri Lanka, domestic worker, migrant, Saudi Arabia, Capital Punishment.

Unjust Justice: An Exploration of the Case of Rizana Nafeeq with Reference to Kalaivaathy Kaleel’s Rizana