=> Bringing bodies back tough as most workers are ‘illegal’
=> Families back home having tough time receiving compensation Death rate in the Gulf country is ‘alarming’
=> Around 200 Nepali migrant workers ‘die every month’
=> Around 70,000 Nepali migrant workers may be ‘trapped’ due to compulsory ‘exit visa’ policy
KAMAL RAJ SIGDEL & ANIL GIRI, The
Over 50 dead bodies of Nepali migrant workers are waiting in
Officials said the situation is precarious as neither the
Officials at the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoFA) and the Nepali Embassy in
“It is a very complicated job. We don’t have the exact data, but our rough estimate is that there could be around 50 bodies waiting to be given to their families in
Major causes of death
Under the Saudi kafala law, it requires 13 different documents in Urdu and English, including police and postmortem reports, for a dead body to be given an “exit visa.”
“This is probably the only country which requires exit visa for even the dead bodies,” Charge d’ Affaires of the Nepali Embassy in Riyadh Paras Ghimire told the Post.
The same legal system is said to have been trapping most of the 90,000 Nepali workers, who want to return home, but are denied “exit visa” (see Page 1 Post story of Tuesday).
Manpower crunch at the Nepali embassy is said to be adding to the woes when it comes to transporting the dead bodies. “Our mission in
Logistics is another problem. “
“In most cases, we also have pressure from the family back in
In a bid to facilitate the process, the government has set up a cell at MoFA that exclusively deals with complaints of the victims’ families. It receives at least one complaint every day.
Statistics at the embassy in
[Originally published at: http://www.ekantipur.com/2011/03/09/top-story/dozens-of-nepalis-bodies-rot-in-arabia/330629.html]