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Indian mother of two with travel, labour ban seeks help in Dubai

Faced with travel and labour bans, mother of two can neither return to home country nor take up a job here

  • By Sharmila Dhal, Chief Reporter, XPRESS
  • Published: 21:01 August 7, 2013
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  • Image Credit: Pankaj Sharma/Xpress
  • Pushed to the wall: The Indian woman who has two kids is desperately seeking help to overturn a labour ban so that she can find work and fend for the family.

Dubai: An Indian woman with two children aged 14 and seven is desperately seeking help to get out of what she describes as a “hellish” situation.

“I am shattered, totally broken. I don’t know what to do. Please help me get out of this hell,” she pleaded, weeping bitterly.

Faced with both a travel and a labour ban, the 38-year-old woman from Mumbai said she can neither return to her hometown nor take up a job here as she is caught in a messy legal and financial situation.

Unsuspecting victim

She claimed she became an unsuspecting victim in a fraud case while working at a UAE company. As a result, she said two legal cases were filed against her and she had to serve six months in prison, during which time her children were forced to quit school. Worse, she alleged her husband who was visiting India was also “implicated” in one of the cases and he had not returned to the UAE.

“I’ve been accused of owing money to my employer and God only knows I didn’t take any funds. With no way to prove my innocence, I served the prison term and friends helped me pay the fine, so the criminal case is closed. But I have also been accused of breach of trust in a civil case. I need the services of a lawyer to fight this case and also get my husband’s name cleared in the criminal case. But I have no money,” she claimed.

The woman said she was living off the mercy of friends who had provided her with shelter and reinstated her children in school. “I do not know how long this can go on. I also have a huge outstanding on my credit card and dread the implications of that. But how can I do anything about it if I cannot work?” she asked.

The woman said she had a job offer on hand, but cannot be employed because of the labour ban. “My husband is jobless in India and we have no support from our families. I have thought of ending my life on many occasions but have stopped myself because of the children. Who will look after them if I go away?”

Joseph Bobby, Vice-President of the NGO Valley of Love, said: “The family is struggling to survive. With each passing day, their condition is worsening. We want to reunite them and safeguard the children’s future. We are trying to get the labour ban lifted so that the woman can work again. She is also trying to get her husband’s name cleared in the earlier case so that he can come here and make a living. But she needs money to appoint a lawyer.”

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  1. Added 13:06 August 8, 2013

    Editor's Note: Those wishing to help the family can contact Mr Joseph Bobby of Valley of Love at 0504548995 or 0553370044. He is currently on emergency leave and will back in Dubai on Aug. 17th.

    Editor, dxb, United States Minor Outlying Islands

  2. Added 12:07 August 8, 2013

    Let the media bring it to the attention of the business houses that pay necessarily and unnecessarily on the advertisements.

    Balakrishnan, Abu Dhabi, India

  3. Added 04:24 August 8, 2013

    This has become a practice for employers to hold their employees to ransom for fraud, taking signatures on blank paper and also registering false complaints about them absconding. Many times authorities had listened to employers without listening to the employees just because he/she was absconding. The authorities should set up an active committee and try to solve these type of cases asap . The sponsers should be given legal notice because they are the one who gives out multiple sponsorship to foreign expats for running business and many are not aware what is going on in the company. Atleast sending legal notices by the authorities will make them aware and the whole matter will come to their notice.

    I A E, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 01:13 August 8, 2013

    Provide contact details inorder to help this family!. How do we contact.

    Mohsen Iqbal, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 01:11 August 8, 2013

    you should share this information before Ramadan so that people can share their zakaat with you. But its not too late. InshaAllah people with come to you for your support. I request the concern authorities and the people of UAE to come forward for this case on humanity grounds. Share your contact details.

    hammad, ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 00:53 August 8, 2013

    In Sha Allah....Allah will help you.....Brothers n Sisters plz help her whoever can......Jazakallahu Khair.....

    MOHAMMED ISMAIL, sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 00:28 August 8, 2013

    ALLAH help her in all her troubles and give her a peace of mind. Ameen

    sameer, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 22:35 August 7, 2013

    The Indian embassy has to use all it's power and investigate by employing a lawyer. This misery of the poor lady and her kids has to end. I plead to the Indian embassy to give some value to Indian citizens just like embassies of other countries taking care of their citizens. I felt sad after reading this news. We should be ashamed of being helpless to our fellow beings.

    Manoj, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 22:32 August 7, 2013

    This might help http://www.dubaicourts.gov.ae/portal/page?_pageid=292,463634&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL&_piref292_463635_292_463634_463634.newsid=1313

    Concerned Citizen, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 22:15 August 7, 2013

    Is there a way people can contribute to help?

    Lucy, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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