This post was originally published on 27 January 2017.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday ordered Protector General of India MC Luther to prosecute a Pune-based agent who sent two Indians to Qatar, where they’ve allegedly suffered severe physical abuse at their employer’s hands.
She also asked the Indian Embassy in Doha to take action against the employer.
The action was taken after Times of India published a report about the plight of the workers.
“Two Indians in Qatar who say they were stripped to their undergarments and savagely whipped with a hunter rope by their employer are pleading to be rescued,” the report said.
“The injuries and blood on their backs, hands, thighs and legs, seen in a video sent by them, reveal the beastly treatment meted out to them, allegedly by their employer,” the report added.
The two men – 24-year old Parvez Ahmad and 27-year old Mohammed Akram – both from Uttar Pradesh had travelled to Qatar four months ago, believing the agent’s promise of a good job there.
But instead, they were taken to an animal farm and asked to care for camels and goats in a village on the border between Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
Parvez said their employer thrashes them mercilessly, and that it’s “better to be thrown in jail than suffer like we are suffering.”
He explained that if their employer found out they were trying to be rescued, he might shift them and tell embassy officials and police that they ran away.
Sushma Swaraj has been in the news often for her prompt action to calls for help made on Twitter.