Indian workers allege abuse in Qatar

Written by Agencies | Dubai, May 31: | Updated: Jun 1 2008, 00:26am hrs
Two Indian workers have sought protection from the Indian Embassy, alleging they were being physically abused by their sponsor.

"Salary, food and other things were provided to us without any problem. But he used to beat us badly," Nissar Ahmed, told an open forum organised by the Indian Embassy in Qatar.

His colleague Musthafa M M, a domestic help working for the same sponsor, claimed that he too had to undergo similar treatment.

Both of them came to Qatar last year. They declined to return to the sponsor when advised by the Embassy to do so, since it could not provide them shelter.

The case was immediately referred to an official at the Ministry of Interior and they were sent to a hospital for a medical check-up, the Peninsula daily said.

A follow-up will be done and we will do all we can to help them," Indian Ambassador, Dr George Joseph, said.

The embassy receives hundreds of complaints of ill-treatment form sponsors and it is difficult to provide shelter to many who don't want to return to their sponsor.

"We are trying to get the authorities to understand the need for such shelters. We have requested the authorities and still haven't received any reply," the ambassador said.

Meanwhile, the Indian Community Benevolent Fund (ICBF) in Qatar has provided air tickets to 16 persons to travel home.

The ICBF has also supplied essential kits to 150 male and 50 female inmates, housed at the deportation centre. The committee donated food and gas cylinders to some fishermen from Saudi Arabia, who are detained in Ruweis.

On Tuesday, 25 Saudi Arabia-based fishermen left for home in Kanyakumari district in Tamil Nadu.