KUWAIT CITY, Nov 8: A Nepali woman has died while trying to escape confinement in Kuwait. The deceased identified as Anita Shakya of Kathmandu had been held captive at a building based in Hawally, Kuwait, by the manpower agent, says the Kathmandu Post.
It has been learnt that human traffickers had taken her to Kuwait via India on Oct 16. She tried to escape the confinement by jumping off the window of the building where she was held captive. “Police have described Anita’s death as suicide,” Nepali ambassador to Kuwait Yagya Bahadur Hamal said, “Nepali Embassy has been taking initiatives to dispatch the body to Nepal.” Though Nepal government has banned women from working in the Gulf countries, human traffickers use various channels to export them to the countries.
The Embassy has not been able to take initiatives to act against the manpower company because the Kuwait government has made it legal to import domestic workers.
According to Ambassador Hamal, nearly four Nepali housemaids have died in the past one month. “It seems the efforts on the embassy’s part alone won’t be enough to curb the death of migrant workers,” he said. “We are sad about the increasing death rate of migrant workers.” Basanti Urab, of Sunsari, Ambabari Rajbanshi and Baha Marmu, both from Jhapa, are the others who died in the past one month. Their deaths have been attributed to heart attack. Baha Murmu, 29, of Shivasatashi Municipality, died due to lack of timely treatment. According to ambassador Hamal, around 28 Nepali migrant workers are taking shelter at the Nepali Embassy. The embassy has been making preparations to repatriate them. It is estimated that around 23,000 Nepali migrants work as housemaids in Kuwait.
Caught doing drugs: Jahra Security Chief Major General Ali Madhi referred a Kuwaiti born in 1992 to the Drug Prosecution after he admitted smoking hashish stuffed in a piece of cigarette and losing control of his vehicle, reports Al-Anba daily. Apparently, the citizen was fast asleep inside a vehicle parked by the roadside with a burning cigarette in his hand when patrol officers on a round of Qairawan approached him for checking