Runaway worker reveals woes

December 29, 2012 - 2:45:20 am

Jaiprakash talking to the media at the Indian embassy yesterday. Salim Matramkot

DOHA: Not all runaway workers escape their sponsors in search of better prospects as is evident from the case of Indian worker, Jaiprakash.

From a place called Thiruvannamala in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu, Jaiprakash came here to work with a Qatari household as a driver.

One fine day while driving the sponsor’s children, the kids suddenly protruded their heads out of the car’s window dangerously, and according to Jaiprakash, they didn’t listen to him when he tried to stop them. 

Jaiprakash claimed in remarks to media persons at the Indian embassy here yesterday that when his sponsor came to know of the incident, he began beating him in fury instead of asking his children to behave properly while in the car.

“I didn’t want to stay at the sponsor’s home anymore fearing that I would be beaten like this every time his children made a mistake, so I ran away,” said Jaiprakash.

He said he didn’t have any money on him so he borrowed QR50 from a friend and came to the Indian embassy for help to be sent back home.

The embassy handed him a letter on December 6 and he said he went to the Deportation Centre the same day, but the centre asked him to report back after a month.

With nowhere to go, Jaiprakash said he somehow managed to stay with a watchman at a construction site. A community welfare corpus affiliated to the Indian embassy gave him QR100 and some food items.

“It is really hard to manage with such a meagre amount and the subsistence food supplies the ICBF (Indian Community Benevolent Forum) has given me,” said Jaiprakash.

He was at the embassy to attend a monthly open house held last evening and reported his woes. The Peninsula