Yet another case of alleged torture of an Indian immigrant in Saudi Arabia has emerged, after a Hyderabad man working there was allegedly set on fire, after a dispute with a family member of his employer (kafeel).
26-year-old Abdul Qader, a resident of Banjara Hills in the city, went to Riyadh on a driver visa on November 19, 2015.
He allegedly paid Rs. 1 lakh to local agents Farhan and Sayeed who are presently in Riyadh, and began working under Saleh Ali Ahmed.
Qader last spoke to his brother Mohammad Abdul Qayum on March 28 this year, when he said that he wanted to return home, but his employer was not letting him leave.
He also alleged that he had not been paid a salary for the past six months. On March 31, the victim’s brother received a call from Riyadh that informed him that his brother was critical.
Qayum was told that his brother had been admitted to the King Abdul Aziz Hospital with more than 75% burns, allegedly after he had a dispute with a member of the employer’s family.
Since then, the family has been trying to contact Qadar to know about the condition of his health, but has failed.
“I have informed the Ministry of External Affairs about the incident. We are hopeful that they will respond positively and the family will get justice,” Amjed Ullah Khan, from Majlis Bachao Tehreek (MBT) told Deccan Chronicle.
The incident was also brought to the notice of Information Technology Minister KT Rama Rao on Saturday, after which he requested Union Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj, to help the victim.
This incident comes after several cases of torture and abuse against Hyderabad natives, in Saudi Arabia and other gulf countries.
Just last month, 46-year-old Haseena Begum, who was working as a maid in Dammam fractured both her legs after she was allegedly pushed off the third floor of a building, by her employer.
Haseena's family also claimed that she was promised 1,600 riyals a month, but the employer did not pay her even one riyal.
On April 3, Begumpet police registered a case of cheating and criminal breach of trust against the two travel agents Jani Mia and Mohammed Shafi, who allegedly duped Haseena Begum.