UAE | Employment

Absconding case against HR manager in UAE lifted

Mother-of-two says she is 'alive' again and can take care of her family

  • By Bassma Al Jandaly, Senior Reporter
  • Published: 00:00 March 4, 2012
  • Gulf News

Dubai: A mother-of-two is overjoyed after a malicious absconding case against her was lifted and she can now legalise her status in order to take care of her family.

Lakshmi Jayaraman, an Indian, told Gulf News that she was reported as absconding after the termination of her employment but now the case against her has been lifted and she can live in peace with her family.

Jayaraman said she used to work as a human resources (HR) manager for a company in Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) and was terminated by her company last year and reported as absconding two months after she was terminated.

“I suffered a lot in the past year as I am a mother of two children and my husband is working here and I was in the dark about my future and my family’s future,” she said.

“I went on Monday to Al Aweer deportation jail accompanied by representative from Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority who asked to lift the ban against me at the deportation jail. She said when officials at Jafza leant about her ordeal and about her family they helped lift the absconding case against her.

The mother of two daughters — ten-year-old Arti and 16-month-old Sanghvi — she said she started work with the company in Jafza two years ago. Her services were terminated in July last year.

She said that the company also accused her of running a private business and she was arrested by police for that.

“The public prosecutor in Dubai interrogated me for running a private business while working and the case is still pending with them to decided if the case is credible or not,” she said.

She said when she heard about the absconding case she went to the concerned department’s dispute section at Al Aweer to complain that the case was malicious but instead she was arrested on the spot and detained for three days on charges of absconding and having bounced cheques against her name.

“I was later transferred to the CID at Dubai Police headquarters who sent me to the concerned police stations for the bounced cheques where I got bail again and was sent back to Jebel Ali Police Station. I was left at the reception at Jebel Ali Police Station for more than six hours, sitting handcuffed in a small chair. They refused to bail me using my sister’s passport saying a woman’s passport is not accepted,” Jayaraman said.

She was sent back to Bur Dubai Police Station as there were no holding cells for women at Jebel Ali Police Station.

“After two days my husband tried to bail me out but they refused to release me because of the absconding case and they sent me back to Bur Dubai Police Station’s custody where I stopped eating for seven days until they released me on bail, she said.

Jayaraman said after all her suffering she will now be a legal resident and she is sorting out her bank loans which she got involved in due to being in jail and losing her job.

“I cannot express my joy. I feel me and my family are alive again,” she said.

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