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City couple held captive in Riyadh

A city-based woman Naseem Begum has alleged that her son and daughter-in-law Mohammad Rasheed and Shabana Begum are being mentally tortured and forcefully detained by their employer in Riyadh, Saudi A

Published: 06th April 2017 02:47 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th April 2017 04:46 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

HYDERABAD: A city-based woman Naseem Begum has alleged that her son and daughter-in-law Mohammad Rasheed and Shabana Begum are being mentally tortured and forcefully detained by their employer in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Naseem, a resident of Asif Nagar told Express, “Rasheed and Shabana who were under huge debt were sent to Riyadh through an agent Syed Minhaj promising them good pay on a three-month visa.

However, after reaching Riyadh, their life became miserable. Not just they were made to work by their employer Aziz Rahman for extra hours under inhuman conditions, but were also made to stay in a cellar in the acute heat of Saudi Arabia. They managed their stay in Riyadh for eight months, after which Shabana became ill. She has been suffering with chest pain but Rahman didn’t provide her any money for treatment.”  

On the grounds of Naseem’s complaint, Amjed Ullah Khan, the spokesperson of Telangana-based organisation Majlis Bachao Tahreek, on Wednesday, wrote a letter to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj seeking the couple’s rescue.
“The couple eagerly wants to return home but Rahman is stopping them. He asks them to pay 8,000 Saudi Riyal or alternative domestic help if they want permission to leave.

They are being held captives, harassed and mentally tortured. They have elderly parents and four minor daughters to attend to in Hyderabad. Please intervene into this matter and rescue the couple,” reads the letter.
Meanwhile, Indian embassy replied to Khan on Twitter saying, “We have spoken to Mr Rasheed and his mother in India and counselled them. We have also spoken to their agent. We will take this case forward.”   



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