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Friday , December 6 2019

Kuwait responds to allegations by Indian newspaper tied to ‘suicides’

Indian Embassy in Kuwait (inset) Indian Ambassador Jeeva Sagar

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 5: The Kuwaiti authorities concerned with the employment file have responded to allegations in an Indian newspaper The Times of India that about 121 Indians committed suicide in Kuwait due to hunger, abuse and other forms of suffering between Jan 16, 2018 and Aug 22, 2019, reports Al-Seyassah daily.

According to reliable sources from the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) there is coordination between the ministries of Foreign Affairs and Interior and a number of official bodies to respond officially to the allegations.

The daily added, the Indian Ambassador Jeeva Sagar has told the daily he will see the report in English and then comment on it.

The sources said PAM was taken by surprise by what the report contains especially since there were several meetings with the Indian Foreign Minister and no such cases – criminal or suicide – during the talks.

The English-language newspaper The Times of India claimed in a report that “121 bodies of Indians working in Kuwait returned to India in coffins during the period in question.”

The newspaper quoted the Andhra Pradesh Non-Resident Telugu (APNRT) Society as its source which said many of these Indians have died of suicides caused by hunger and extreme weather conditions and in some cases ill treatment and torture by their employers.

APNRT, a government association for Telugu-speaking Indians said “174 Indians from the Gulf countries died between Jan 16, 2018 and Aug 22, and that 70% or 121 of these Indian workers were from Kuwait.”

The Times of India claimed on its website one migrant worker from Andhra Pradesh died almost every three days in the Middle East between Jan 16, 2018, and Aug 22, 2019

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