Kuwait stops issuing entry visas to domestic workers as India seeks guarantee
| The Indian Government wants that the Gulf countries must abide by
certain conditions and guarantee Indian domestic workers' rights, but the Kuwaiti
Government is unable to comply with that. Therefore, India told Kuwait to stop
issuing entry visas to Indian domestic workers, and Kuwait has suspended issuing
the visas. |
KUWAIT: The Kuwaiti Government has officially suspended issuing entry visas to
Indian domestic workers as the Gulf State is unable to comply with a condition
requested by the Indian Government.
The Indian embassy had informed Kuwait’s Foreign Ministry that the Gulf State
stop issuing the visas if it can't comply with a condition that contracts must
guarantee their rights.
The ambassador reportedly alleged in his letter to the Deputy Foreign Minister
that Kuwait’s Interior Ministry continued to issue visas to Indian domestic workers
‘in crooked ways.’
Following this, the Interior Ministry’s Assistant Undersecretary for Citizenship and
Passports Affairs Major General Mazen Al-Jarrah issued a decision to reprogramme
the department’s computers in order to deny access for procedures to issue entry
visas to Indian domestic workers, itt was reported by Kuwait Times.
The Indian government wants that foreign employers, particularly the Gulf
Cooperation Countries, would be required to pay $2,500 as bank guarantee to hire
Indian domestic workers.
The Indian embassy in Kuwait said the bank guarantee would be used "for the
repatriation of maids and other unpaid expenses like salary, medical expenses in
case the employer fails to pay."
According to the embassy, India in September had decided to ask the Gulf states
to ensure their employers pay the security deposit following complaints from the
GCC countries about nonpayment of wages. All the GCC nations except Kuwait
accepted the condition.
There have been frequent cases of harassment of Indian domestic workers in
several countries, especially in the Gulf region. Last month a gruesome incident
had come to light in which an elderly woman maid's hand was chopped off her
irate employer for having protested against inhuman working conditions.
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