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Two women from Sikkim in ‘captivity’ at Saudi Arabia workplace

Two Sikkim women are in emergency crisis in Saudi Arabia as they are facing alleged physical torture and inhuman treatment at their workplace.

The families of two female employees, Peki Bhutia and Menuka Rai from Sikkim have sought emergency help from the authorities to rescue them.

“They have gone to Saudi through an agent named Bala Saha of Mumbai. Now they are getting physical torture every day and they are not allowed to talk with us. Their passport has been seized by the agent of Saudi. They have to work for 17 hours a day and are kept in a small room without any contact with the outside world. We don’t know what happen to them,” the family members said in a message to IGP Robin Hibu, IPS, Delhi.

Hibu said that he had informed a joint secretary at the ministry of external affairs. “I have informed the joint secretary of MEA, my batch-mate for help. Also our Helping Hands Volunteers in Oman, Qatar and Dubai to explore for informing Indian Embassy in their respective countries where they are working. Also informed the families to file FIR in Sikkim immediately and send the information to Sikkim Bhavan officials and NE nodal officer of Delhi Police at Delhi for immediate intervention,” he wrote in a Facebook message.

Hibu in his Facebook post also shared ‘actions one need to take during such situations.’
-If you know any Northeast people working in Saudi Arabia, inform them to inform Indian Embassy and Saudi Police immediately.
– Request them to go there in the given address to assist our ‘captive’ NE sisters.
– Also inform and mobilise Sikkim leaders, CM, Women NGOs, community organisations to put pressure for their safe release.


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