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More Indians languish in forced jobs in Saudi

Habib Hussain (25), arrested in Jaipur last December for being a stowaway on a flight to India, had subsequently alleged cruel treatment by his employer at Saudi Arabia Airport, where he worked.

mumbai Updated: Jan 07, 2010 01:11 IST
Megha Sood

Habib Hussain (25), arrested in Jaipur last December for being a stowaway on a flight to India, had subsequently alleged cruel treatment by his employer at Saudi Arabia Airport, where he worked.

Hussain is apparently not alone in complaining about ill-treatment by his employers in Saudi Arabia.

The latest such case is 22-year-old Rakesh Singh, a Kandivli resident, who is said to be among 14 other Indians working in ‘slave-like’ conditions in the Saudi kingdom.

For Singh, what began as a dream job as a crane operator in Saudi Arabia, has ended in a brick kiln, where he has been sent instead, working in inhuman conditions, and with no hope of escape, after his employer took away his passport.

Singh left Mumbai in December 2009, but is already desperately looking for a way back home – three others suffering the same fate are from Mumbai.

On Wednesday, Singh’s family wrote to the police commissioner and the state home minister for help to get Singh back to India. The family also demanded action against Samreen International, the Byculla-based recruitment agency that had sent Singh to Saudi Arabia.

“My nephew had dreamed of a well-paying job so he could support his family but he has ended up working like a slave. Rakesh was promised the job of a crane operator, instead, he has told us he’s been sent to a jungle somewhere and made to work in a brick kiln,” said Chandradev Singh (40).

“Rakesh wants to come back to India but his employer has taken away his passport by force and refuses to return it,” Chandradev added.

Chandradev has pleaded with the government saying Rakesh’s life is in danger: “Samreen International’s proprietor told us that the company they had first sent him to had closed down, so he had been comfortably placed in another job.”