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Gulf dream job ends in tragedy for woman from Kadapa

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Battered and bruised, Parvathi returns to India without her husband

About two months ago Parvathi Amma sold her belongings and left her two children at her native village in Kadapa to take up housemaid job in Saudi Arabia, by paying a hefty sum of Rs. 80,000 to an overseas job agent. Two weeks later, her husband Ramireddy Ramakrishna Reddy joined her to take up the job of a driver in the same household.

Two months later, she is back to India, battered and bruised, both mentally and physically, and she is back without her beloved husband. “They say that he has committed suicide by hanging,” said Parvathi Amma, who has never had a school education.

Ms. Parvathi was in Visakhapatnam accompanied by Obulusetti Anuradha, coordinator of Uttarandhra Journalist Forum (UJF) in the Gulf region.

According to Ms. Parvathi, though her husband was recruited as a driver, he was sent to a place about 400 km away to tend to the Sheikh’s sheep farm.

“We never met in the two months of stay and hardly spoke over phone. But whenever, he called up he expressed inhuman beatings and torture. Even I was subjected to mental and physical torture. I was made to work for over 18 hours without the full promised pay of 1,000 dinars and often beaten up by the ladies of the house,” Parvathi Amma said.

She last received a call from her husband on June 9 and on Friday she was put in a flight back to India.

When asked why she was being sent back and the whereabouts of her husband, her recruiters first told Parvathi that her husband had fled the country back to India. But when she persisted, they informed her that he had committed suicide. They did not even allow Parvathi to see his body, said Ms. Anuradha.

“Now that it is the season of Ramadan, we demand that the body of Ramakrishna be sent at the earliest and Parvathi Amma be paid compensation for her loss,” said Ms. Anuradha.

According to her, the condition in the Gulf is worse than in labour camps. Expats are not only tortured, beaten and made to live in subhuman conditions, but are even not allowed to express their views or float their own welfare organisations.

“And this is being possible as expats from Andhra Pradesh lack both State government and Central government support. There is none to voice their issues,” she said. She pointed out that there was an immediate need to establish a welfare centre for workforce from AP, an awareness cell to update them on the laws, rule and regulations and basic norms of the countries in the Gulf region, as majority of the workforce is in the unskilled sector.

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