11 Punjabi women stranded in Iraq want assistance to return to India

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11 Punjabi women who went to Iraq in quest of work have complained of economic exploitation and have asked for assistance in returning to India.The women were tracked down by the Indian Embassy in Baghdad.

On June 23, the women, one of whom is from Sangrur, shared a video with Sangrur Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP Bhagwant Mann, claiming that their employers had taken their passports and pleading with him to help them return.“We faced exploitation in households and from company owners. We had problems of food and sleep. We were not allowed to call up our families and did not have mobile phones,” a woman said in the video.

“I received a video from the women two days ago and sent it to the ministry of external affairs on Thursday evening. I met officials of the ministry on Friday and submitted all documents that I got from the women’s families. The officials arranged my phone call with the Indian embassy in Baghdad. Though the women don’t have their passports, the Indian embassy will take them into custody and they will be back in India in a couple of days,” Mann said.

 

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