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Indian woman ‘beaten up, sexually harassed’ in Saudi Arabia returns to Hyderabad

Humera went to Riyadh, believing the promises of an agent who said she would get an opportunity to do umrah.

Updated: Sep 10, 2017 12:42 IST

By Asian News International, Asian News International Hyderabad

Humera Begum said she was tortured and beaten up by her employer in Riyadh. (ANI Twitter)

A woman hailing from Hyderabad, who was allegedly tortured, beaten up and sexually harassed by her employer in Saudi Arabia’s Riyadh, has been brought back home safely.

This comes closely a month after her sister requested external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj to bring her back.

The woman, Humera Begum, speaking about the ordeals, told ANI that she was beaten up by her employers.

“I was in a lot of trouble there. I was not even given food. They tortured me and beat me up. They didn’t let me talk to my sister back home. They did things like holding my hand when I served them food,” she said.

“I want to thank the Indian embassy that helped me a lot and brought me here,” she said.

Thanking the authorities for bringing her back, Humera said around 15 more women were still there in the same condition, trying to escape, but were unable to find a source to do so.

Humera returned to India with the help of Sushma Swaraj and protector general of emigrants MC Luther.

In August, Humera’s sister sought Swaraj’s help to rescue her.

Humera went to Riyadh on July 23, believing the promises of an agent, named Sayeed, who said she would get an opportunity to do umrah there.

Umrah is an Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca that can be undertaken any time of the year, unlike haj which has specific dates.

Humera said she was told by the agent that she would also have to work as a caretaker of a small family, on a monthly salary of Rs. 25,000.

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