7th APRIL 2015 - Vol.XXXVIII No.018
Local News

'Suicide threat' in visa row

A MAN claims his wife is threatening to kill herself and their two children because his company allegedly refuses to send him home.

He said his wife was convinced he had remarried in Bahrain because he had not returned home to India for six-and-a-half years.

The 41-year-old works for Habib Ali Awachi and Sons Company as a labourer, but said the firm had still not renewed his visa three years after it expired.

He says he has never had a holiday despite working for the company since October 2003 and is now begging his bosses to send him back to his family.

"Several times I asked my company for a holiday, but they didn't agree and asked me to wait," he told the GDN.

"First, they asked me to wait as they had to renew my visa, which they never did.

"Then the human resources and personnel managers changed and the new managers have no idea what I was talking about.

"Whenever I went to them with my application, they asked me to wait.

"I can't wait anymore as it's been a long time since I saw my family.

"I have a 13-year-old son and a nine-year-old daughter, who I haven't seen for the past six and a half years.

"My wife, who is now demanding I come home immediately, thinks I am remarried to another woman and don't want to go back anymore.

"I have called and explained to her several times, but she doesn't understand.

"She has now asked me to come back immediately or else she will kill herself and our children as well."

The man, who asked to remain anonymous because he feared he could be punished by his bosses for speaking out, has now turned to the Indian Embassy for help.

He claimed there were around 150 workers in a similar position.

"I went to the Indian Embassy on Monday and explained my situation," he said.

"They promised to investigate and get back to me.

"I didn't go to work since Tuesday and I don't want to go unless they fulfil my demands.

"I am not asking for anything, just to allow me to go home."

An embassy official confirmed it was aware of the case and had approached the company, but would not comment further.

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