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Cruel Bitch Sentenced to Be Prison Bitch

Posted by thelanetrain on June 27, 2008

We all know that rich people can be a little high and mighty when it comes to the treatment of their staff, but it’s unacceptable to treat them like animals and slaves.  One wealthy Long Island woman is going to learn that lesson the hard way.  According to AOL News, Varsha Sabhnani (pictured above) of Muttontown, NY was sentenced yesterday in federal court to spend 11 years in prison for various offenses, including harboring illegal aliens, indentured servitude, conspiracy, and forced labor.  And no Mrs. Sabhnani, they won’t let you wear that ugly Lacoste shirt in prison.

After The Jump: Suffering with the Sabhnanis

Like most residents in wealthy suburban enclaves, the Sabhnanis lived a lavish lifestyle complete with a fancy house and a mighty income.  Varsha ran a perfume business from home with her husband, Mahender Murlidhar.  They did however harbor a big secret:  They had slaves.

The Sabhnanis were literally waited on hand and foot by two Indonesian women who were paid extremely little, forced to do exorbinant amounts of hard work and labor, and were treated like animals.  According to an article in The New York Times:

“[They gave] the women little food and forced them to sleep on mats on the floor and to hide when visitors came. Mrs. Sabhnani, according to court papers, often beat one of the women with a stick, scalded her, cut her ears with a knife and burned her with cigarettes and scalding water. In one instance, prosecutors said, she forced her victim to choke down hot chili peppers.”

Other reports of the treatment are so outrageous, they could be considered an urban myth (one source said they were forced to eat vomit).  But the Times account is pretty sickening.  Its very cruel.

As the story goes, one night one of the women escaped in nothing but a towel, some loose clothes, and a body full of bruises, and made her way to a Dunkin’ Donuts in Syosset.  There, employees immediately took her in, gave her some coffee, and then called police.  Moments later, the Sabhnanis were arrested and charged with keeping indentured servants.  They were later held on bail (and eventually released) for $4.5 million dollars, but were ordered to stay at home on house arrest until the completion of their trial.

Now, as Mrs. Sabhnani trades in her ankle monitor for an orange jumpsuit, one can only wonder what drove her and her husband to treat people so viciously.  TheU.S. Attorney boldly stated that “in her arrogance, she treated [the women] less than people.”   However, the true paradox of the situation showed itself as she immediately cried out for her children.  Adding onto a statement in which she professes her love for her children, Mrs. Sabhnani said:

“I was brought to this Earth to help people who are in need.”

No offense, but that is the biggest crock of shit I have ever heard, and if she truly wanted to help people in need, she could have helped the workers get Green Cards, or treated them nicer, or allowed them to sleep in beds.  Instead, she beat them, cut them, and treated them worse than dogs.  If she learns anything in prison, it should be that helping people who are in need includes ALL people, and not just blood relatives.  And while the defense points out that Mrs. Sahbnani has given generously through charitable deeds all over the world, and cited as a person who “has spent a lifetime doing good deeds”, it is unfortunate that she missed out on her biggest opportunity, right under her own upturned nose.

We hope you get treated like shit in prison, and that your equally abusive husband gets a similar sentence today.


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