A Domestic worker from India in Bahrain
Last April 2012, 22-year-old Bhavani, semi literate village women, landed in Bahrain from Andhra, with dreams stored; better life for her children. Prior to this, she never went out of her own region Andhra. Leaving her two daughters, aged 4 years and 5 months under her aged parents’ care, she went to Bahrain only to earn money, to repay the loans she taken for her elder daughter’s heart surgery.
Life in Dream Land: She was promised of a work in a shop, landing Bahrain, she was taken to a house for Domestic work. There she was abused, thrashed and was made to work for over 20 hours a day. In a year she was being shifted to three houses and her experience was similar in all the houses. “The house owners used to beat me and shout at me,” continues Bhavani, “When I complained to agent, I was beat again cruelly.” After working for four months, the only option she was left with was, escape from the house and she did that. Fortunately a Good Samaritan took her to Indian embassy. NDWM intervened in this case and worked with the family and the Indian Embassy with the help of other network NGOs. It took almost to six months to complete legal works, as all her documents were with the agent.
Bhavani, was able to come back to Hyderabad on 12th April 2013 with bitter memories and empty hands, but relieved, once again to build up her life with her children, from where she left.
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