Author Archives: Rejimon Kuttapan

Migrant maids in Oman at risk as India scraps rescue scheme

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India’s decision to scrap a financial guarantee scheme for migrant domestic workers in Oman will make it harder for maids who are abused or unpaid to get home, campaigners said on Tuesday.

The Indian embassy in Oman issued a notice on Monday, saying it was scrapping the scheme because employers and recruitment agencies said it was discouraging them from hiring. Continue reading

Where dreams become mirage

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The story published in Samakalika Malayalam Weekly, belonging to The New Indian Express Group, portrays the sordid tales of Indian women domestic workers who were trafficked to Gulf countries and subjected to forced labour.

The story tells the sufferings of five domestic workers who suffered a lot in the foreign land and had to flee empty handed in fear of life. The story exposes the loop holes in the so-called tight rules ‘helping’ trafficking. It also shows how less women domestic workers are protected in a foreign country are.

PDF in Malayalam weekly can be downloaded here.

Saudi trafficking victim’s struggles continue even after escape

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After two years of hardship in Saudi, Joomaila Beevi returned to India empty handed. The 48-year-old widow now survives on what her aged parents and siblings earn.

When Migrants-Rights.org met Joomaila at her thatched-roof home in Kerala, she was getting ready to travel the northern part of the state to work as a midwife and earn some money for survival.

“Sometimes, they (the family) work and bring in food. And sometimes we all go to sleep hungry. I have lost everything… Before migrating to Saudi Arabia I at least had a rented house and a share of my father’s land. Now, there is nothing,”

“What’s left is a loan, debt, health issues and a daily struggle for food and medicines.”

Joomaila lost everything after fleeing an abusive employer in fear of her life and forfeiting her salary. Continue reading

‘No Food, No Pay’: 800 Indian Workers Stranded in Oman Tell All

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The workers have even written to the Indian embassy in Muscat. (Photo Courtesy: Rejimon Kuttapan)

After the 5 rials (around Rs 800) given by the Indian embassy on Tuesday to meet emergencies exhausts, we will be again in the same situation. No money even for emergencies. Uncertainty on what to do is haunting us a lot.

These were the words of around 800 Indian workers who are stranded in an industrial town in Oman, without proper food, drinking water, shelter and valid work permit cards for the last few weeks.

“We were not even having proper food for the last few weeks. It was stale food we were getting. There was no money to buy some drinking water too… We thought that we will die here,” a worker said.

“Now, the embassy has given us a little money. But after that what…,” the worker added. Continue reading