Mumbai woman rescued from Muscat with help of state govt’s women’s helpline

ST Correspondent
Sunday, 13 May 2018

Farida Khan, the victim, had left for Dubai for employment through an agent but lost contact with her family after reaching there. Her husband Abdul Khan, contacted the commission through ‘Suhita’ helpline

PUNE: A woman from Ambarnath, who had gone to Muscat, Oman in search of employment and then was stranded there after she could not contact her home, was rescued after her husband contacted the Maharashtra State Women’s Commission through its ‘Suhita’ helpline. She visited commission chief Vijaya Rahatkar on Friday.

Farida Khan, the victim, had left for Dubai for employment through an agent but lost contact with her family after reaching there. Her husband Abdul Khan, contacted the commission through ‘Suhita’ helpline and was called by the commission to its office on April 6. He told the commission that Farida had gone to Dubai in January in hope of finding employment as their financial condition was weak. 

After reaching Dubai, Farida was sent to Muscat in Oman, after which her husband and family lost contact with her. She was allegedly being harassed at her work place and her passport and other document had been confiscated. The commission got in touch with Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who issued instructions to the Indian embassy in Oman. Farida Khan was soon found and was brought safely back to Mumbai on May 1.

Farida was undergoing treatment for a while after her return and she met with  commission officials to thank them on Friday. She also requested the commission to help other such women who go to Gulf countries to find employment. 

Rahatkar said that the commission tries to help destitute women stuck abroad to the best of their ability with the help of the External Affairs Ministry and assured that they will also try to prosecute the agent responsible for such malpractice.

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