Waiting with Tears for her Husband's Body

Azeem Abdulla was found dead in Saudi Arabia in October. Ever since Farzana Azeem has been seeking the help of higher-ups to bring the body back to Mattanchery

Published: 23rd January 2014 09:28 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd January 2014 09:28 AM   |  A+A-


Thirty-year-old Farzana Azeem’s eyes well up with tears as she speaks about her late husband.

Azeem Abdulla who was working as a driver in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, was found dead in his hostel room in October 2013.

More than two months have passed, but the body is is yet to be brought to his hometown in Mattanchery.

Farzana says that even though she along with her mother had approached several Ministers, including Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and Union Minister K V Thomas, they have not got any response.

“We have written several letters to many Ministers. My mother met the Chief Minister  during the Mass Contact programme. We hope that they would do everything possible to speed up the procedures,” she said.

Their children, ten-year-old Abdul Akhil Sait and six-year-old Abdul Wahab Sait, have been asking about their father.

When Azeem had spoken last, he had promised that he would return home soon. He has also said that his Arab sponsor was harassing him and had threatened his life.

“We received a call from an Arab who told us that Azeem’s body was found hanging from the door of his room. He sought permission from us to bury Azeem in Saudi Arabia. He told us it was a suicide and that procedures would be more simple if he were buried there. We told him that we wanted the body to be sent back home. There has been no response from them,” said Farzana .

“Azeem had spoken to me the day before his death and told me that he had deposited some money in the bank. After withdrawing it, I called him up to tell him, but he never took the call,” said Farzana.

She said that Azeem had not received his salary for more than seven months. “The money that was sent to me before his death was what he got after selling his mobile phone. He had also complained that he had become dark beyond recognition. We think somebody killed him,” she said.

Currently, the family is living in a rented home with Farzana’s mother Fathima.

When contacted, Union Minister K V Thomas said that he has forwarded the request to Union Minster for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi and the Indian Embassy. “However, there are complications in this case and we can’t say when the body can be brought home,” he said.


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