A disturbing video showing three Indian men being brutally beaten by their Saudi employer, has prompted strong backlash from the Indian government.
Footage recorded by one of the workers made its way to WhatsApp shows from where it attracted the attention of Indian authorities. It reveals a Saudi man chasing three men, beating them with what looks like a wooden plank or club.
The men were reportedly promised jobs in Yemen as electricians. Instead, they were forced to work in a brick manufacturing company in Saudi Arabia.
Addressing the incident, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted the workers “will return to India within a week.”
Emotional, physical and sexual exploitation of migrant workers and domestic help hailing from developing nations such as the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, and Ethiopia at the hands of wealthy Saudi nationals is a well-documented issue.
Just in November, an Indian maid lost her arm while allegedly trying to flee her abusive employer in Riyadh.
“Saudi Arabia has attracted more low-paid Indian migrants over the last 25 years than any other country in the Gulf region. Every day, close to 1,000 Indian low-wage migrant workers are provided with emigration clearances to travel to Saudi Arabia,” Amnesty International stated in a report last year.
“Migrant workers reported[A1] working regularly for between 15 to 18 hours a day, without a day off, and without being compensated for overtime. Some were subjected to threats and beatings by their employers, had their passports and residency permits confiscated and were denied exit permits to return home.”
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