Tortured Kerala youths return home

Saudi Arabia: Three Indian youths, who were allegedly tortured by their youthemployer in Saudi Arabia, returned to India on Saturday.

The youth, who were forced to work at a brick factory in Abha, were placed under police protection after Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj intervened.

According to reports, the three youths, hailing from Haripad in Kerala’s Alappuzha district, were taken to Saudi Arabia by a placement agency on false job promises.

A video recorded by one of the youths, which showed the Saudi employer beating them with a wooden plank, had gone viral.


  1. About a year ago or so when I was expressing my views about Saudi Arabia, I recall Mohd. Shaikh Rizwan was countering me. I still stand by what I have mentioned, as I expressed facts based on many factors.

    Saudi Arabia is the one of the worst countries on this earth to live in. The atmosphere in Saudi Arabia is drab, boring, scary and this country is meant for people who have a blinkered outlook, doggedly and overly religious with no other passions and interests in life. Saudi Arabia is not meant for visit or stay by creative or people, luminaries in different fields, viz. film stars, sportsmen, authors, et al. Therefore, no celebrities and personalities visit it. Since, it is an oil rich country and a lucrative market to sell products and services to, powerful countries just keep quiet over a regime which is, at best, very bad. Why should they, when they are earning in mllions and billions of dollars? Enforcements of human rights, freedom of press, democracy, etc. is just for weaker countries. This country is an absolute democracy/autocracy (and everything is under wraps here).

    There is a saying, “It takes two to tango,” and both the monarchy and muttawas (the so-called, religious police) tango together, as both have jumbo vested interests.

    When it comes to expatriates, it is good for people who, in their countries, were alcoholics, gamblers, bad characters and had other vices and were beyond redemption. At least in Saudi Arabia, the fear of harsh and draconian laws will keep them in check, until they either go on leave or for good.

    People who are fond of alcohol do not take direct flights home when going on leave. They take a flight that has a three to four hours stopover at Bahrain and on landing there, they immediately collect the boarding pass, then go to duty free and buy whisky and other bottles and then rush to the restaurant, where they have a couple of pegs and meals and the same scenario goes in the aircraft. Finally, when they arrive at their destinations, some of them are toon and walk like zombies.

    I am not surprised that an employer tortured his employees and there are no well defined laws in Saudi Arabia to protect the employees (and the weak) and when it comes to locals, their women being harassed by their men. It is a country that is dominated by Saudis who are rich and powerful, again Saudis dominate or get a preference over expatriates, even if the Saudis are in the wrong and when it comes to harassment or grievances of Saudi women, the authorities and law favour the males.

    The gravity of staying in certain countries of the world cannot be appreciated by listeners listening to a raconteur One has to stay in those countries to realize what sort of life it is.

    I would been keen to listen to Mohd. Shaikh Rizwan’s comments.

    • Shaikh Mohd. Rizwan,

      Though, I have not commented much on your posts over the years and have been observing your exchanges with other writers on this forum. I am led to believe that you are not a liberal, broad-minded Muslim, with practical and rational approach and a forward looking attitude.

      It is amazing a personality of your attitude and psyche should have been in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan or Somalia, rather than Turkey, which is considered to be the most permissive and liberal Islamic country. At least go to the night club, stand by the sea and watch the ships sailing by or relax yourself by having a refreshing Turkish bath. If I were to go to Turkey, I would like to have a Turkish bath. I have heard it is very good, but would they pinch my undies?

      You have to have an open mind, free from clutters and read good books, viz. “In the land of invisible women: A doctor’s journey in Saudi Kingdom” by Dr. Qanta A. Ahmed and Tinderbox by M.J. Akbar, etc. Sadly, I have not had the opportunity to read Tarek Fatah’s books. They are highly respected not only in their respective countries, but have followings in different countries, though their followings may not necessarily be mullahs, maulvis, kazis, riffraffs and other fanatical elements, who are totally obsessed with the sanctity, goodness and supremacy of their religion. No wonder, there are outfits like Taleban, Al Qaidiyah, ISIS, SIMI, RSS, Bajrang Dal, Klu Klux Kan and others.

      All religions are good and no religion teaches one to indulge in rape, corruption, assaulting people murdering people of other faiths, etc. To be frank with you, Christianity is a continuation of Judaiism and Islam is a continuation of these two faiths. Islam came to existence in 632 A.D.

      Moreover, go to the Youtube and type for example: “Life of Saudi Royal Family”, “The Opulent Lifestyles of Saudi Royals,” “Status of women in Saudi Arabia,” “Victims of sex in Pakistan,” “Corruption in Pakistan,” etc., and you will learn a lot of things.

      Tarek Fatah is a well-informed person, who speaks the facts and you may not like it, because truth always tastes bitter.

      Saudi Royals, thanks for the crude oil they have, are enjoying a good life which, for all you know, is contrary to the teachings Islam. From what I have heard from first hand witnesses in Saudi Arabia and read from print and electronic media, including the two best-sellers, members of the extended Royal Family and other affluent Saudis enjoy everything which is haram in Islam in Saudi itself and when they go abroad.

  2. In the tenth line, I have mentioned, “This country is an absolute democracy,” and I am sorry about it. Please read it as “absolute monarchy

  3. About a year ago or so when I was expressing my views about Saudi Arabia, I recall Mohd. Shaikh Rizwan was countering me.-Mr.Nelson Lewis,

    Sir, The United Arab Emirates and U.S. followed Saudi Arabia in the rankings for the largest number of expats. The expat population makes up 98.4 percent of Saudi Arabia’s total immigration population. Poland, Portugal and Sweden had the smallest expat populations. Qatar had the highest proportion of expats compared to its total population, at 70.9 percent.
    China and the U.K. followed India for producing the most expats.

    Mr.Nelson has earing loath of his bread and butter for his disposal of his pristine service now finding the fault in his vessel.It is common practice for many of the expatriates from Asia to migrate to west do some ‘dishwash’ jobs for their his ‘Gora’. Whereas West is taking to Middle East and African colonial nation to get away from tax regime forcefully imposed war craze invading the Islamic nation.

    It is the duty of External Affairs ministry through respective Consulates should ensure the wellbeing of their expatriate workforce.It is also very difficult to reach each individuals by the consulate General in personal who has taken pity jobs without any contractual agreement.The government of India should learn more from Philippines,Indonesia,Pakistan,Sri Lanka consulates which train their low paid workforce,provide awareness programme about employ rights etc.

    I don’t know much about our friend service history and experience to comment. I had stayed in these countries when infrastructure is not par to the present standard had no problems delivering service and enjoying life.Even my western colleagues had ever faced any problems in their service life.Off course you need to respect the land of law.

    But Mr.Nelson wants me to comment on behalf of PM Modi external affairs for the plight of Indian expatriates. I would be surprise why he is still offering his Donkey service when west is offering more Dollars? I strongly believe racism is still prevailing even though slavery is abolished. He must have not travelled vast corner of the globe and must have forgot the slave trade during colonial past.

    Let him enjoy creating ‘Saudi Phobia’.Saudi Arabia highly values the contributions of 2.73 million Indian expatriates working in the Kingdom and the salutations and greetings in Hindi at the country’s third largest airport here is an indication of this.‘Namaste’, ‘Swagat’ and ‘Dhanyawad’ emblazoned on signboards at the airport here is an indication of the priority given by the Saudi Arabian government to its ties with India.The importance given to Hindi language at the King Abdul Aziz International Airport here is next only to Arabic and English.

    He must seriously think dispensing his service in Rwanda,Myanmar,Zimbabwe,Swaziland or Latin America where the drug lord run the government and death rate is more than terrorism.Let him enjoy his puff of Cocaine,travel to Las vegas for his evenings and even red light district of EU which is denied for his disposal of his service.

    Hope the administrator allow me for the free speech.

    Jai Hind

  4. were taken to Saudi Arabia by a placement agency on false job promises.-Reports,

    Sir, Is this placement agency is authorised by state government? Why there are no auditing of employee welfare of Consulate General, which charge services with each transaction? Why there are no financial auditing levied with services and expenditure?

    Lastly,What was Additional secretary role when employer is not dispensing according contractual agreement? Why the Government of India does not have norms in line with living standard in terms of minimum wages?

    Lastly,Where is our External affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who can act swiftly in case of ‘Humanitarian’ catastrophe?

    Jai Hind

  5. Aaadu Jeevitham!!!!

    Don’t expect any outrage from our ‘intellectuals’ who are busy returning their awards, Driving licence, college certificates and anything they can get their hands on!! The secular co…. run and hide under the table when you bring up any ‘peaceful’ topic. How brave!! smiles…

  6. “The expat population makes up 98.4 percent of Saudi Arabia’s total immigration population. Poland, Portugal and Sweden had the smallest expat populations”

    Shaken Shake Turkey — as usual comes up with utter nonsense figure of 98.4 % as immigrant population. In fact SAUDI had appx 30 million population out of which 10 mln are expats in the year 2014.

    I have a strong doubt that this cooked up figure of Shaken shake is either from Kaafila or other “peaceful” propaganda sites!!

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