The pathetic condition of Indian workers in Gulf countries, particularly Saudi Arabia, is not a secret. But a particular incident captured on video exposed the animal-like treatment the workers receive at the hands of their Saudi employers.
Before you read any further, take a look at this 43-second video.
You can hear a voice in the video shouting “arrest karo” twice, though who or why the words are being uttered is not clear.
According to reports, the video was filmed by one of the three men who arrived in the Gulf country following a promise of a lucrative job. They were, however, forced to work as menial labourers.
The youths, who hail from Haripad in Kerala’s Alappuzha district, were taken to Saudi Arabia by a placement agency. The Saudi man, seen in the video beating them with a wooden plank, is purportedly their employer.
A group of migrant Indian workers taking a break for meals under the scorching sun amid high-rises.Outlook
The youth then shared the video on social-networking sites, where it went viral. Acting on the same, the Kerala Government requested the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to intervene following which she tweeted this:
These and Kasthuri’s case were the reasons why India mulled a ban on workers going to the Gulf countries. But that is impossible given the fact that there are around 9 million migrant workers in those countries remitting close to Rs.500 billion every year. That number is growing at the rate of 1,000 workers per day.