Jeddah: When an NRI husband or father gets entangled in legal problems in Gulf, it directly impacts the life of his dependent family members.
Innocent women and children pay heavy price in alien land for no fault of theirs. In one such tragic case, a Hyderabadi family and their school going children were stranded in Saudi Arabia.
A 50-year old Hyderabadi, whose name has been withheld, hailing from Begumpet in Hyderabad, was working as lab technician in a leading hospital in hill station of Taif in Saudi Arabia for nearly two decades.
After working for 18 years, it was found that his certificate, that qualifies him as lab technician, issued in Hyderabad was fake. During routine verification of certificates of health professionals and paramedics, forgery was uncovered.
The Health Ministry terminated his job and also prohibited him from working. His residency visa (Iqama) expired. The Iqama has to be renewed by the employer; in his case, the Ministry declined to renew as his services were terminated.
Not only his visa but also his entire family’s – two daughters, a son and wife- Iqamas had also expired, rendering all of them illegal residents in the Kingdom. Meanwhile academic year started in Telangana, and the children were on the verge of losing an academic year, as they were not allowed to travel back home.
Unable to travel home, family sought help of Indian Consulate. In turn, noted Malayali social worker Nalakath Mohammed Salih pursued the case with local court and police authorities.
Finally, the Hyderabadi NRI successfully proved that his certificate was genuine. He suspected that the recruitment agent had played a foul game. The NRI and his family returned Hyderabad recently.