The family of Rajender Singh Shekhawat in Haryana’s Mahendragarh district has been struggling from past many months to bring him back home from Saudi Arabia, where he is allegedly being harassed by his employer from around a year.
Shekhawat’s brother Satvir said he had gone to Saudi in November 2015 to work as driver, following in the footsteps of his cousin Raj, who was already working there. However, five months after he had gone, Raj died in a tragic accident.
Satvir said after his training, Shekhawat was forced by his employer to drive truck without license, which he refused because he didn’t want to violate any laws in the foreign land that had strict punishments. “Irked by his refusal, his employer refused to return his passport and stopped giving him any salary,” Satvir said.
In a video released by Shekhawat from Saudi, he said that he moved labour court in Saudi, but to no avail. “The Indian Embassy here did not help either. My employer constantly threatens to kill me and I have no one here. Please help me return to my country,” he pleads to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and external minister Sushma Swaraj.
Back home in Mahendragarh’s Jarwa village, his wife Sunita and three daughters have been running pillar to post to seek help. “We have sent letters to Sushma Swaraj, VK Singh, but have not got a reply yet. We met Haryana minister Ram Bilas Sharma and a couple of other MPs, but no one has helped us yet,” Sunita said.
“We are worried about him. We get to speak to him occasionally, and he always complains that he is sleeping empty stomach most of the times. Here, we too are suffering without money since he is the only bread winner in our family,” she added.