Jeddah: In heartbreaking incident, a Telugu woman, who reached India after battling for life for over two years in Gulf, died on Wednesday on the way to her home from Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Shamshabad. Ironically, when the woman was battling for life in hospital two years ago, her family back home performed her last rites assuming she was dead. Even an MP had requested the Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj, to repatriate her body.
When the family realised that she was alive, they struggled for her repatriation from Gulf. However, when she reached India within hours on way to home from the airport, she passed away.
P Venkata Lakshmi, a native of K Gangavaram Mandal in East Godavari went to Kuwait in 2016 as domestic help. After a few months, she ran away from her employer. She was severely injured in a road mishap on June 9, 2016, while crossing the road in Kuwait. It was a hit and ran case. Laxmi was rushed to hospital by an emergency ambulance team and since then she was in coma.
It was major challenge to ascertain her identity for the hospital and immigration authorities. The hospital authorities sought help of Kuwait Passport and Immigration Affairs officials to determine the identity of the unconscious woman. Based on her biometric records, immigration officials identified that she was from India and revealed her passport data.
Back home, her husband and family received information from one of their relatives that Lakshmi had died in a road accident. The family performed last rites and also requested Amalapuram legislator P Ravindra Kumar to help in repatriation of her body. Accordingly, the MP made request with Minister Sushma Swaraj on December 4, 2016.
Its was not clear what was the conclusion of MP letter, but after receiving information through a local Malayali social worker, the Indian Embassy in Kuwait intensified its efforts to reach out to the family of Lakshmi, but in vain as none was found at the address that was mentioned in her passport.
Meanwhile, a Kuwait-based youth hailing from East Godavari district successfully traced the family in 2018. Since then there were efforts to repatriate Lakshmi, but her health condition did not permit long journey.
Lakshmi was repatriated to Hyderabad on Wednesday by the Indian Embassy accompanied by a medical attendant. While she was on her way home to East Godavari, she passed away near Vijayawada, according to sources, who coordinated her case in Kuwait.