Riyadh: Several poor female migrant workers from Hyderabad fall prey to fraudulent recruitment agents, came back home in India. As a result, they realised that they had been cheated only after landing in Gulf.
The repatriation of housemaids followed by grievances and continuation follow up with local authorities, become daily routine job in Kingdom. The Indian missions in Riyadh, Jeddah making their best efforts to expedite the return of stranded women from their country with help of Saudi authorities.
A 28-year old lady from Hyderabad, who was allegedly facing difficulties with her employer, has finally returned home, thanks to the proactive approach of Indian consulate and a community worker based in southern part of the Kingdom.
Mohsina Begum, who had came to eke out a living as housemaid, allegedly faced difficulties with her sponsor. Finally she ran away from her workplace and reached an Indian market in the town.
The Indian community working in the market informed about the Mohsina plight to prominent Indian community worker Ashraf Kutichal, who in turn contacted Indian consulate in Jeddah and informed about her alleged ordeal.
She was shifted to women shelter house upon advisory of the consulate. The sponsor was summoned by Saudi authorities, who had settled her pending dues and also provided ticket to Hyderabad, said Ashraf.
In another case, Madeena Bee Shaikh, also from Hyderabad, was brought into Eastern part of Kingdom from Kuwait. Actually she had come to Kuwait to work as maid but was brought by middlemen into Saudi Arabia on visiting visa two years ago.
After completing two years at job when she asked her employer to send her on vacation, it was found that there was penalty of SR 15000 (Approximately Rs. 2.6 lakh Rupees)for overstaying. Declined to pay hefty fine, the employer, had dropped Madeena Bee to deportation center in Dammam where she had to wait for 3 months to return home, said Manjula Manikhantan, a leading woman community worker in Dammam. Navayugam, a Malayali organization has provided the ticket to the woman, she added.
Hyderabad’s fame as Silicon Valley in other parts the world is well known as city considered one of known hub in the country; lately also it is merging as hub of housemaids when it comes to Saudi Arabia.