Jeddah: A Telangana NRI not only lost his job but also had to face a court case before finally returning home recently after lengthy legal procedures for posting a video where he narrated his alleged ordeal in the Emirate of Sharjah.
Like scores of other social media savvy workers, 50-year-old Boosa Srinivas of Korutla town of Jagtial district narrated his ordeal in a selfie video and posted it on Whatsapp last December. In the video clip, he is seen appealing to the Chief Minister to help him return home. He also urged viewers to share the clip till it reaches Chandrashekhar Rao.
Srinivas, in the video clip, explains the tough working conditions and the round the clock job that had deprived him of sleep, besides the penalties imposed by his employer. He also contacted a vernacular media correspondent back home in his native mandal who published his account.
However, the video clip and the news report reached his employer in Sharjah, who was offended by it. The employer terminated him from the job and subsequently lodged a police complaint against Srinivas.
Srinivas was barred from leaving the country and faced trial at a local court in Sharjah. He pleaded that he did not intend to defame his employer but sent the video only to his wife to send it to the Chief Minister’s office. His family, alarmed by the unexpected legal problems that he was facing, got in touch with the Minister of External Affairs through BJP State president and Karimnagar MP Bandi Sanjay Kumar.
A local Telangana social activist Muzafer Shaikh helped Srinivas with the court proceedings and other legal formalities following advice from Bandi Sanjay. The court acquitted Srinivas, and subsequently, he returned home by a Mission Vande Bharat flight.
Several dozens of distressed NRI workers of Telangana in the Gulf use social media platforms like Facebook and Whatsapp to air their grievances and to draw the attention of their government. Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao and IT and NRI Affairs Minister KTR are often tagged on to such messages by hapless workers.
Making an SOS call to the Indian embassies in the Gulf nation is free through its hotline number, but workers prefer contacting their leaders back home in their own mother tongue through social media due to various reasons.
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