Hyderabad: Ms Fareeda Begum Naaz from Hyderabad’s Bandlaguda has been stuck in Muscat for the last three months, suffering through paralysis and ill-treatment. A local agent, Mohd Rehman Khan, of BHEL MIG colony, approached the Hyderabadi woman, who was in search of a job. He offered her an opportunity to work as a housemaid in Sharjah.

Fareeda travelled to Sharjah on July 9 on a visiting visa. Ms Rani and Mr Mohammad Kabi of Nazeem Al-Shanti Al-Dhabi Trading, a private agency, reportedly received Fareeda. The duo sent her to work at a house in Muscat as a housemaid. According to her family, on the second day of Fareeda’s arrival, the Sharjah agent called them claiming that the Hyderabad agent cheated the agency.

Fareeda’s husband, Mohammed Siddiq Pasha, said, “On the second day of her arrival, a lady agent called us and informed that the Hyderabad agent cheated them. They claim that they had asked for a young woman to work as a housemaid, but Fareeda is very old, and she will be sent back.” As per her family, the agent added that Fareeda would be sent back only Mohd Rehman Khan returns their money and send another young woman to work.

Pasha added, “The local Hyderabad agents’ phones are switched off, and they are not responding to my calls. Now her visiting visa is also about to expire.”

Meanwhile, after working for two months, Fareeda fell ill. Due to high blood pressure, her right hand and some parts of her body paralysed. Following this, the employer handed over her to the recruitment agency. According to her family, for two months, the recruitment agency denied Fareeda medication, proper food and accommodation. Because of her condition, Fareeda reportedly ran away from the recruiter and approached the Indian Embassy in Muscat for help.

Presently, the Hyderabadi woman is under the shelter of the Indian Embassy in Muscat.

Following the incident, Pasha filed a complaint to the Minister for External Affairs, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar on December 5. Pravasi Bhartiya Sahayata Kendra has registered the complaint.

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