Dubai: Four Indian women who were tricked into working as bar dancers flew back to home on Friday after being rescued by Dubai Police following a tip-off from the Indian consulate.
The four women, from Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, were deluded into believing that they will be working for an event management company. However, when they reached Dubai, their employer locked them in a room and were then forced to work in a dance bar and solicit customers, Consul General of India to Dubai, Vipul, told Gulf News.
According to reports, one of the women managed to send an SOS to her family back home via WhatsApp.
As soon as the message was brought to the attention of Vellamvelly Muraleedharan, India's Minister of State for External Affairs, he alerted the consulate, which then informed Dubai Police.
Vipul said he was thankful to Dubai Police for their swift response to rescue the four women, all in their twenties.
After being rescued the women were taken to our shelter. Today we put them in a plane bound for Kozhikode, he was quoted as saying by the daily.
The Consul General said he will write to the Tamil Nadu government, seeking firm action against the agent who sent the women to Dubai.
The Indian mission in Dubai has repeatedly urged jobseekers to check their visa status with the Pravasi Bhartaiya Sahayta Kendra (PBSK) earlier known as Indian Workers' Resource Centre.
Jobseekers can also verify their visa status on the Amer website before travelling to the UAE.
The case follows a similar incident last year when another group of women were rescued from a dance bar by Dubai Police at the behest of the Indian consulate. Among them was a 21-year-old from Hyderabad who was lured to Dubai on the pretext that she would be getting a job in a jewellery store only to end up working in a dance bar.
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Mumbai, Jul 21: Veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah Sunday expressed solidarity with the family members of those killed in incidents of mob lynching in the country.
Speaking at a national convention on the theme of 'state complicity in hate crimes' in Dadar here, Shah said the victims and kin of mob lynchings have suffered a lot.
The event was organised by Democratic Youth Federation of India.
"I feel proud to be with them (kin of victims) in this programme and salute their courage. They have faced a lot more than us in their life. We have faced not even two per cent of their sufferings," he said.
The actor said he had often been often criticised for his remarks.
"Some called me a traitor, some asked me to go to Pakistan. But these taunts were nothing in comparison with the pain of those people who suffered mob attacks," he said, adding that "My admiration, sympathy and company will always be with these people".
In the past, Shah had been criticised sharply over his comments on rising incidents of mob violence in the country.
He had said that the death of a cow was being given importance over killing of a policeman in mob lynching in Bulandshahr.
Shah had said that he was worried for children in today's India because he imagines a situation where his children may be surrounded by an angry mob and asked: "Are you Hindu or Muslim?"
His comments had drawn sharp reactions from political quarters.