Indian citizens languishing in UAE prisons due to their inability to pay blood money in non-criminal cases will soon be assisted by a fund established by fellow Indian expatriates.
Indian Business and Professional Council, Sharjah and Indian Golfers Society–UAE, raised a sum of 500,000 dirhams at a golf tournament dinner to create a fund, on Saturday.
"We are doing this to help our fellow Indians as part of our social responsibility," Chairman of both the organisations Sudesh Aggarwal said in a statement.
Under Shariah law blood money is the compensation amount paid by an offender to the relatives of the victim. It is paid not only for murder but also in case the
responsibility of an unnatural death like in an accident falls on a person.
"Lot of funds are needed for the cause and IGS and IBPC-Sharjah shall continue this drive and write to companies in the UAE to contribute towards the Fund as part of their
Corporate Social Responsibility," Chairman of both the organisations Sudesh Aggarwal said in a statement.
Aggarwal will head the Humanitarian Fund Management Committee, which will have Bharat Bhai Shah, Dr G M Bajpai, and KV Shamsudheen as members.
"Forty per cent of the fund amount shall be put at the disposal of Indian Community Welfare Committee (ICWC), an organisation working under the direct supervision of Indian
Consulate in Dubai, for the release of non-criminal Indians who are in the UAE jails for non-payment of blood money," he said.
The Indian Punjabi Society will also have a member in the Committee as the society contributed 133,889 dirhams to enable the fund reach the 500,000 dirham-target.
The initial beneficiaries of the fund would be chosen from a group of 13 workers who have been shortlisted for receiving such an aid.
Lauding the initiative, Indian Consul General in Dubai Sanjay Verma said this will go a long way in helping the needy.
He said this may act as a catalyst for other organisations to assume part of their social responsibility.