Kozhikode

Protest against body weighing by airlines

Symbolic protest: Malabar Development Forum activists staging a protest in Kozhikode in support of the Forum’s two-day fast in Delhi against airline companies charging high fees for transporting the bodies of NRI workers dying in the Gulf back to Kerala. The companies charge the transportation fee depending on the weight of the dead bodies, like any other cargo.

Symbolic protest: Malabar Development Forum activists staging a protest in Kozhikode in support of the Forum’s two-day fast in Delhi against airline companies charging high fees for transporting the bodies of NRI workers dying in the Gulf back to Kerala. The companies charge the transportation fee depending on the weight of the dead bodies, like any other cargo.  

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Members of the Malabar Development Forum (MDF) staged a demonstration here on Thursday against what they called the “inhuman and cruel practice” of charging transportation fee by airline companies on the bodies of NRI workers dying in the Gulf countries. The airlines weigh the bodies to decide the fees.

The demonstration was in support of the MDF’s two-day fast in New Delhi to highlight the issue and urge the Centre to bear the cost of transporting dead bodies from the Gulf to Kerala. The Delhi fast was declared open by the senior Congress leader A.K. Antony.

In Kozhikode, to stress their point, the MDF activists symbolically weighed ‘dead bodies’.

Speakers noted that each year Gulf workers earned thousands of crores of rupees in foreign exchange for the country. Still, the government was ignoring the inhuman treatment of the dead workers by the airlines.

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