Jeddah: A maternal death in Gulf rattled the family of a Hyderabadi NRI, who had passed through extremely difficult time in completing immigration and travel process for repatriation of his wife’s body. The sudden shock of the death was bad enough, but the trauma that followed in enrollment for the new born to attain travel document and exit made things worse, however, a timely help from an Indian community worker with the support of Saudi Passport and Indian embassy officials, the bereaved family has returned home.
Mohammed Abdul Shahnawaz, hailing from Moghalpura in Hyderabad and working in Saudi Arabia, want to return home along with his year-old daughter and the new born, a baby girl. for the his wife’s final rites. Parveen Sultana, died in Eastern Province after maternal delivery in a hospital. Shahnawaz had to face biggest hassle to take his newly born baby girl with him to India due to a lengthy process. According to the rules, on cannot apply for passport without birth registration certificate and also for Iqma (visa).
“I was totally lost as I didn’t know what to do, whether to leave the new born in hospital or go to India by taking body of my wife”, said Shahnawaz. A distraught Shahnawaz approached Nass Vakkom, a leading social worker in Eastern province, which assists people with passport and exit relevant issues.
Nass has drawn attention of Saudi officials about the case and successfully registered the birth, based on that Indian Embassy has issued birth registration certificate, which is mandatory to issue passport. The two-day old infant’s fingers made it difficult to take thumb impression for applying Indian passport and also capturing photo with open eyes from neonatal incubator had proven to be more challenging, explained Nass. Nass helped the grief stricken family to complete all required legal formalities so they enabled to return home along with new born and also dead beloved for burial.