The tale of tribal woman who was released from Saudi jail

In the latest case, a housemaid from Telangana, who was languishing in a Saudi jail has been released and repatriated to India on Wednesday.

By Author   |   Gulf Correspondent   |   Published: 15th Nov 2017   11:00 pm Updated: 16th Nov 2017   1:20 am

Riyadh: Recent trends in Gulf countries have revealed an increase in trafficking of tribal women from the Telangana region in a candid manner. However, only a few cases have seen such stranded women seeking help.

Earlier, illegal migration of woman was confined only to some parts of the old city of Hyderabad. Now, there are some cases emerging where tribal woman especially from the Lambada community are being sent to desert countries without proper legal scrutiny.

In the latest case, a housemaid from Telangana, who was languishing in a Saudi jail has been released and repatriated to India on Wednesday. The 37-year-old tribal woman Leela Kethavath, a native of Sabdipur Tanda or tribal hamlet in Gandhari Mandal of Kamareddy district came to work as housemaid in a remote town in Saudi Arabia nearly two years ago.

With the help of agents in Kamareddy town, she flew to Saudi Arabia and reached a border town of Khafi near to Kuwait border. In the beginning, Leela was excited to work in the new place, but things turned out be worse when her employer complained that she had stolen SR. 1,000 (Rs 17,000) from his home. She was arrested and sent to a women’s prison in Dammam. After completing her sentence, she had spent considerable time in jail due to delay in administrative procedures that need to be completed in Khafji, according to sources.

Sources say, Leela had not committed any theft, moreover, her employer owed her five months’ salary which is five times higher than the alleged theft amount. Indian embassy volunteers Manju Manikantan and Jaleel in Khafji pursued her case and completed necessary legal formalities with Saudi authorities that enabled her to travel.

Community volunteer Zaheer Baig also assisted her to reach her village after arriving in Hyderabad. NRI worker activists M Bheem Reddy and Nangi Devender Reddy assisted the family back home in Telangana. As a kind gesture, Saudi jail authorities provided her a flight ticket up to Mumbai and the cost of ticket from Mumbai to Hyderabad was borne by the Lambada tribe of the village as the Indian embassy did not provide any assistance in air passage.