No Visa for Indian domestic workers

November 5, 20150 Comments

indians-in-kuawit-upto-dateMaids and other domestic workers from India, particularly those in Tamil Nadu, large numbers of whom seek employment in the Gulf, will not be able to seek employment in Kuwait, which on Wednesday officially suspended issuing entry visas to Indian domestic workers, reports The Times of India.

However, many of them are turning to Malaysia, according an Indian official in Chennai, after numerous cases of abuse of Indian domestic workers in the Middle East countries had been reported.

Indian Ambassador to Kuwait Sunil Jain told The Times of India over telephone on Wednesday that Kuwait was the only Gulf country that failed to comply with a condition the Indian government requested that foreign employers, particularly the Gulf Cooperation Countries, would be required to pay US$2,500 as bank guarantee to hire Indian domestic workers.

Jain had informed Kuwait’s foreign ministry that its government had failed to comply with the condition by which employers sign contracts with Indian domestic workers to guarantee their rights and security, a stipulation that India imposed in light of numerous instances of abuse by their employers in gulf countries.

“We had asked Kuwaiti authorities to stop issuing visas since domestic workers were entering the country illegally and we had no way to track them if faced problems,” Jain said.

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