Punjabi woman sold as slave in UAE, Indian origin nurse helped her return to India

A woman from Punjab, Sukhwant Kaur, who was sent to UAE on the pretext of getting her a job but was sold as a housemaid for Rs 3.5 lakh to a Saudi Arabian family has safely returned to India. Sukhwant Kaur had taken a loan of rupees 2 lakh and in order to repay the same she contacted a travel agent to get her a job in UAE. The illegal agent instead sold her to a Saudi family and she was sent to Saudi Arabia in January.

Not only she wasn’t paid any salary but she had to endure torture, slander, force-fed meat and she was often devoid of food as well. As a result of the torturous treatment she felt sick and was admitted to a hospital. There she met her messiah, A nurse who hailed from Kerela who helped her escape the hell hole.

On her return from Saudi Arabia via Mumbai on Wednesday, Sukhwant told TOI, “There was a nurse from Kerala who realized the trouble I was in and called my family.” 

Her husband reciting her ordeal said that when he came to knew about her wife’s despicable condition, someone suggested him to approach external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj for help. He did the same and as always foreign ministry and Indian embassy officials in UAE extended their full support in bringing his wife back to India. Reportedly, The travel agent has been held by Mumbai police.

Initially, she used to call me often, but then her calls stopped all of a sudden, which had us worried. I came to know about their condition on May 7 when I got a call from the UAE hospital. One of my friends suggested that I send a message to external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Twitter. Thankfully, she responded quickly and my wife is back home 24 days later.” said Kulwant Singh, Sukhwant’s husband.

To many UAE or Saudi Arabia looks like a cash-cow where you can go and earn a hefty sum and come back with deep pockets but many a times things are other way around. In recent times we have seen many such cases where innocent people were lured to go to UAE, Saudi Arabia on the guise of an attractive job but things turned out to be a nightmarish experience. In the above mentioned case luckily a kind-hearted nurse helped her escape and return home but it is not the case with everyone.

Please make sure you do full research before going to a far off land. Remember! Life is more important than money.

Kundan Srivastava

Human Rights activist, Author, Columnist, Founder-CEO 'www.thevoiceraiser.com' (“India’s leading platform to raise a voice for people to fight against injustice & victimization”).

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