Friday, December 16, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Dalits detained in Kuwait, Punjab seeks Centre's help

Dalits detained in Kuwait, Punjab seeks Centre's help
PTI | Dec 15, 2011, 09.01PM IST

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab state commission for scheduled castes today
sought the Centre's intervention for the release of 30 dalit youths
detained in Kuwait.

"We have requested the National Commission for Scheduled Castes to
issue a direction to the ministry of external affairs for putting
diplomatic pressure on Kuwait for the release of the youths," the
state commission chairman Rajesh Bagha said here.

The youths, in a group of 60, had migrated to Kuwait on a two-year
work permit through different travel agents in the state. A
Kuwait-based construction company had hired these youth in April 2009
for two years and had taken their passports into its possession.

As their contract expired in April 2011, the entire group was
detained. The company has been demanding money for the deportation,
the family members alleged.

The state commission will also approach Union external affairs
minister SM Krishna, Bagha said.

The youths belong to poor backgrounds and their families are anxiously
awaiting their release, he said.

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