A 44-year-old woman from Karikalampakkam near Puducherry, who was stranded in Kuwait for the last six months without salary, returned home following the intervention of the Ministry of External Affairs.

Speaking to
The Hindu
, the eldest son of of Meena Karthikeyan, a widow who went to Kuwait to work as a housemaid in December last year, thanked the Ministry of External Affairs, Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi and Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy for taking up the case with the Centre.

The family had submitted a petition to Ms. Bedi in the Open House at Raj Nivas on May 6 and June 15 and met the Chief Minister seeking his assistance.

“My mother wanted to work as a housemaid in Kuwait. She approached an agent named Shahul in Sultanpet near here who arranged for her travel to Kuwait.”

“However, when she reached there she was asked to meet the representative of another agency who confined her to an apartment. She was forced to work for more than 15 hours and was not given any salary,” Puratchi Desan said.

Distress call

“When I asked the agent to help me return to India, he demanded Rs. 3 lakh in cash,” she said. Mr. Desan said his mother was asked to reach the Indian Embassy in Kuwait who helped her return to India on June 26, thanks to the intervention of the Ministry of External Affairs.

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