Around 250 BD women in two Saudi safe homes for months
More than 250 Bangladeshi women migrants have been passing their days at two safe houses - at Riyadh and Jeddah - of the Bangladesh Embassy in Saudi Arabia for several months as most of them are accused of various allegations from their employers to the country.
Though the authorities concerned are trying to send them back to Bangladesh, there are some difficulties as most of them accused of various allegations. As a result, they are passing a miserable life in the shelter homes, according to the expatriate welfare and overseas employment ministry.
Sources said that a major section of the women migrants have taken shelter to the safe houses fleeing away from the employer's home as they faced physical and mental repressions. However, some of them have sought assistance from the embassy as they don't want to continue overseas job. They want to come back before completion of the tenures.
In this situation, some of the employers have also lodged cases against the women migrants bringing charges of theft. Learning from various sources, embassy officials have given them shelter to the safe houses. Some of them were also rescued from the employers before sending to the safe houses.
The embassy also arranges banquette and other facilities for them from its own budget, although it's not adequate for living. As a result, they want to leave the safe homes and back to the country soon.
When contacted, Expatriate Welfare and Overseas Employment Ministry's Additional Secretary Mohammad Azharul Haque of welfare and mission wing told this correspondent that sending the women workers back to the country is their regular work. They are working to send them back.
"As soon as the procedures will be completed, they will be sent back to Bangladesh. But, there are some problems as the Saudi authorities would not allow sending the migrants, who are accused of various allegations. They will be sent back after disposal of the complaints. The embassy is also giving them legal supports," he added.
He also claimed that more than 15 women migrants were brought back in March this year. The ministry spent all costs of bringing them back.
Ministry's Additional Secretary Jabed Ahmed told this correspondent that they are trying to provide more financial supports to the embassy authority as they can help all Bangladeshi workers to the country. The ministry is sincere about the migrants.