Hyderabad: The parents of four minor girls who went to Saudi Arabia to try and make their lives better are trapped in a Kafil’s (owner) residence as the employer is not willing to send them back, despite the woman having health issues. Md. Rasheed and Ms. Shabana Begum are residents of Tappachabutra, Hyderabad. They left for Saudi in April 2016, but they are not willing to work anymore because of the mental and physical harassment being meted out to them by the kafil’s family members, said Rasheed’s mother Ms. Naseem Begum.
Speaking to this correspondent, Naseem Begum said, “We are very poor. My son and daughter in law were lured by the agent Syed Minhaj to go to Saudi by securing a couple visa. Our lives were not too good earlier also when my son used to drive an auto rickshaw. So he decided to go there and earn money for a decent living. “Before leaving they were promised a decent job with food and accommodation. But soon after landing in Saudi their dreams were shattered because Shabana was forced to work in a house of almost 10-12 people. She was made to work continuously without any rest,” added the mother.
“Also the kafil started torturing my son by saying that his car was damaged because of his driving and started deducting money from his salary of 300 riyals every month. Shabana is not being given proper medical attention even though she has developed chest pain. We are worried about her. When we approached the agent, he demanded Rs. 3 lakh from me to get my children out of the place. He added that he could not get them out unless he gets somebody else as a replacement,” noted Naseem Begum.
The couple has four girl children, the youngest one being only two years. They are desperately missing their parents. When they left, the youngest one was only one year old. “Now every other day she keeps asking me for her parents and I could not answer her because I am clueless about their whereabouts. I have requested Mr. Amjadullah Khan to help us get through the embassy and expedite the process of bringing my children back to Hyderabad,” said Naseem....