Conned by wily agents, a mother of three, wallows in misery and sickness in Saudi Arabia.
One more tragic tale and agents’ cunning comes from Saudi Arabia where a poor Hyderabadi woman, who dreamt of earning money for her family was duped, ill-treated and is now awaiting for a way to return home.
Sabira Begum, 32, wanted to surprise her family by earning well as a housemaid in Saudi Arabia. She is married and is the mother of three.
Recently, she met three agents — Sameena, Khusroo, and Masood — who promised her a good salary as a maid in a rich home. She paid Rs.17,000 and promised to pay an equal amount after earning her first salary. She was taken to Riyadh last month and from there transported to a location 700 kilometres away from the Saudi capital. Once she got there she was placed, along with hundreds of labourers on a construction site.
Meanwhile, her husband Mohd Sajid was under the impression that she was going to get a job in Delhi, but when she phoned from the agent’s mobile in Delhi airport he was shocked.
He advised her not to go to Saudi where no protection for migrant workers existed. He asked her to return but it was too late and she thought her husband and children would be happy once she started to earn a good salary.
After the initial shock, she was forced to work at the construction site under the blazing sun. With the help of co-workers she called her husband and began crying. She pleaded with him to take her back home, pledging to herself she would never leave her native place again. The couple live in Purani Haveli.
According to Sabira, her employers are cruel and there is no consideration for being a Muslim or a woman. She would be one of the hundreds working silently with no labour protection. Her agents, she says, have disappeared and now she is under the control of a contractor. She was promised 1,200 riyals a month to work as a maid and the contractors made her sign some documents.
Trapped, hurt and sick, the woman calls her family whenever she gets a chance and has been pleading with Sajid (her husband) to do something. But Sajid told Postnoon that he does not know what to do and whom to approach. Meanwhile, their three children are still awaiting their mother’s return.
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