Last month, a heartbreaking video of woman pleading with AAP MP Bhagwant Mann to rescue her from Dawadmi town in Saudi Arabia’s Riyadh had surfaced. With tears streaming down her face, the Punjab woman shared the details of her horrific torture in Dawadmi.
Finally, with the help of Ministry of External Affairs, the woman named Reena was rescued. She revealed that she had originally planned to go to Malaysia for work so that she could earn money for her husband’s treatment. But instead, she was sent to Riyadh by her agents. She and another woman were promised 1012 Dhirams.
Her case came to light when she managed to make a video of herself and pleaded with AAP MP Bhagwant Mann to rescue her. He had rescued another Punjab woman stuck in a similar situation.
She had said in the video, “Bhagwant Maan Sahab, please help me, help me, I have been stuck here for a year. I am being tortured on a daily basis. You have helped others out of here, you could take me out of here too, I am also like your daughter, please help me, I am trapped here. I did not know that I’d be treated in such a way. They do not give me food for days at a time. If you do not get me out of here then I will die here; they will kill me. I have children too.
They beat me daily. I am kept locked inside the room. I live in the Dawadmi city of Saudi Arabia. I am very badly trapped, Bhagwant Maan Sahab, help me out, get me out of here somehow. I am very poor, I have come here to work. I want to return to my children. My mother has to be operated upon. She is very sick. Help me please, I do not want to stay here. Take me out of here and I being beaten up. These are very dirty people. I request to my brothers and sisters in India to never come to Saudi Arabia.”
Her video then went viral, bringing attention of the MEA. Immigration officers reached the Sheikh’s house and rescued Reena. She was beaten often and went days without food. She revealed that when she demanded to return to India, the Shiekh demanded Rs 2.5 lakhs to let her go.
Once, she even managed to go to the police but the police dropped her to the Shiekh’s house again.
Her case is one of several cases in which Indians face abuse by their employers abroad.
It’s time India has a policy in place for such cases.