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Women want to sell kidneys to pay blood money for husbands in Dubai

The six housewives hope to raise Dh100,000 to secure release of their hubbies from jail

  • By Anjana Sankar, Staff reporter, XPRESS
  • Published: 22:56 November 21, 2012
  • XPRESS

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  • extreme step: The peasant women from a village in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh say they are too poor to raise money from any other means to secure the release of their husbands languishing in Dubai jail for many years photo courtesy: G.Vijayalakshmi/the Telegraph

Dubai: Six women in India are offering their kidneys for sale to help free their husbands jailed in Dubai for murder.

The six men — all construction workers — came to Dubai in 2003, and were imprisoned on charges of rioting that claimed the life of a Nepalese guard. Four men were jailed for 24 years, and one for 10 years.

The peasant women from Karimnagar village in the state of Andhra Pradesh said they are resorting to the extreme step to raise Rs1.5 million (about Dh100,000) as blood money — the price for their husband’s freedom — to be paid to the victim’s family in Nepal.

“He went there to work. I don’t know what happened. They said he is in jail. No word, no phone. We have a child. How can we do anything without him? We went to a lot of people but nobody helped,” Reshma, wife of jailed worker Kareem, said.

But since Indian laws do not permit the sale of kidneys, the women have appealed to the State Human Rights Commission to allow them to sell their organs. The commission will submit its report to the State and Central governments on January 17.

Bhim Reddy of the NGO Migrants Rights Council in India that is supporting the women, told XPRESS that they had knocked on many doors for help but in vain. “We submitted petitions for help to both the Prime Minister of India and the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. After these women asked for permission to sell their kidneys, their plight was highlighted in the media. Fortunately, many people have pledged their help, including two state MLAs who have offered a month’s salary,” said Reddy.

When contacted, Sanjay Verma, Indian Consul General in Dubai, told XPRESS that Indian missions do not get involved in raising blood money for criminal offenders.

“I cannot comment on their efforts to raise blood money. But the Consulate had helped to facilitate negotiations between the two parties through our embassy in Nepal,” said Verma.

Comments (9)

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  1. Added 15:26 November 22, 2012

    I hope some kind heart people come forward to help on behalf of Allah. Realty sad to hear such news. This is the places where money value shows in front of Allah. May God bless people who are going to help. I pray for those ladies to get back husbands for their family. Allah is great, he can do miracles.

    P.C.Ummera, Abudhabi, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 11:18 November 22, 2012

    Already they have spent 9 yrs, in jail, is there any way we can donate money to help these women. atleast for the sake of thier children.

    rohit, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 10:57 November 22, 2012

    Is there a way to raise money for these men.....

    Ritesh, Doha, Qatar

  4. Added 10:54 November 22, 2012

    Walla how lucky are those men to have such wives. I wish an 'angel' in the UAE will help those men and pay blood money on their behalf to secure their release. May Allah reward who ever takes such an initiative.

    khalid, Manama, Bahrain

  5. Added 09:51 November 22, 2012

    Please forwad this to the UAE authorites

    sebastian, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 09:47 November 22, 2012

    MEN GO TO WORK IN OVERSEAS TO EARN MONEY FOR THEIR FAMILY AND CHILDREN AND THEREAFTER THEY TRY TO BE TOO SMART AND INDULGE IN VAIN WISHES AND SPEND LAVISHLY FORGETTING THE FAMILY. NOW THE POOR WIVES HAVE TO SELL TEHIR KIDNEYS TO RELEASE THEM WHICH IS HURTING US A LOT.

    ASHRAFF NAZIM, KOLONNAWA, Sri Lanka

  7. Added 09:40 November 22, 2012

    Isn't it ironical that rules put in place by humans to protect humans is turning out to be harming more humans. :)

    Abdul Gafoor, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 09:37 November 22, 2012

    I sympathise for the innocent wives, but I suppose the men who commited murder deserve to be kept in jail.

    zaid, sharjah, India

  9. Added 23:39 November 21, 2012

    Dear Women, It is really very sad and bad the way you all are planning to do. If you really believe Almighty God, pray to him Day and Night. Everthing is possible for him. He will open the door for your husbands.

    Bartholomew, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

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