70 ladies from Punjab trapped in UAE, Oman, claims Dubai bizman Surinder Pal Singh Oberoi

70 ladies from Punjab trapped in UAE, Oman, claims Dubai bizman Surinder Pal Singh Oberoi

Tribune Information Service

Ravi Dhaliwal

Gurdaspur, September 22

Dubai-based philanthropist Dr Surinder Pal Singh Oberoi claimed that over 400 Indian ladies, together with 70 from Punjab, have been trapped within the UAE and Oman after unscrupulous journey brokers abandoned them to fend for themselves in overseas land.

“I’ve tangible proof to show that of those 400 ladies, 80 have sought refuge within the Indian Embassy in Muscat. As many as 66 have discovered shelter in two totally different gurdwaras in the identical metropolis. Practically 250 extra such ladies reside in several cities of the UAE. The passports and different necessary paperwork have been taken away by journey brokers,” stated Oberoi.

He added {that a} fortnight in the past he had met India’s Ambassador to Muscat Amit Narang to debate the modalities to be adopted for repatriation. He stated earlier he had met PM Narendra Modi in August and had apprised him of the situation of those ladies. He added he had additionally met Union Minister Hardeep Puri. “Being an ex-IFS officer, Puri totally understands the trials and tribulations confronted by the women. He has assured me that he would take up the matter with the authorities in Oman and the UAE,” he stated.

“Ambassador Narang has assured me of his full cooperation. He informed me that by the point his officers get the documentation ready of say 25 of them, 50 extra penniless, bodily abused and emotionally drained younger ladies would arrive on the Embassy in search of a protected haven,” stated the development magnate.

Oberoi claimed that teams of males, masquerading as reputable journey brokers, are wandering within the villages of Punjab and Haryana making an attempt to determine gullible ladies. “They promote goals to ladies. Nonetheless, issues are immediately in distinction to what they promise. The women are taken to the UAE on a 14 day customer’s visa. The passports are forcibly taken away. As soon as the 14-day interval is over, their keep turns into unlawful and subsequently are both offered off to the wealthy or are pressured to carry out menial chores. They’re made to work 18 hours a day on little or no wage,” he added.

He stated as a primary step the immigration officers at Indian airports shouldn’t enable these ladies to board flights. “The women can’t converse English. Even Hindi is out of bounds for them. They’ve little or no cash with them after they depart to overseas shores. A overwhelming majority of them don’t even have correct garments to put on. The immigration authorities ought to determine such ladies on the airport itself and disallow them to board,” stated the Dubai businessman.

Getting a UAE Visa is relatively simpler than getting one for visiting Oman. “Therefore, these ladies first go to the UAE after which they journey by street to Muscat. Other than these 400 ladies, there are a number of hundred extra who don’t come ahead to inform their poignant tales. They like to stay behind the curtains and therefore their actual depend just isn’t recognized,” he added.

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