Kakinada Widow Trapped in Dubai; Son Appeals for Government Assistance

Honey Gupta
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Kakinada, India – December 16, 2023: In a distressing turn of events, a 56-year-old widow from Kakinada, who ventured to Dubai for employment six months ago, now finds herself trapped and allegedly harassed by three individuals. The woman, identified as Pothula Satyavathi, has reportedly been confined and is being coerced to pay a ransom of 5 lakh for the return of her passport.

The incident came to light when Satyavathi’s son, Pothula Durga Thanuj, and Dr. P Justin Antony, president of the International Fishermen Development Trust in Kanyakumari, reached out to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Consul General of India in Dubai, Satish Kumar Sivan, seeking urgent assistance for her safe return to India.

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Satyavathi, a widow who moved to Dubai in May to work as a maid, was purportedly lured by a job agent named Pandu from Bhimavaram in West Godavari district. However, upon arrival, she discovered that the job offer was fraudulent, and she has since been stranded in the foreign land for the past six months. Her passport and mobile phone were allegedly confiscated, and she has been forcibly confined to a house.

Thanuj, who recently started working as a software professional in Hyderabad, spoke of his mother’s plight, stating, “My mother did not get any employment in Dubai. She was cheated by the agent and is locked in a house by three men. She is unable to leave as they have taken away her passport.”

A few days ago, Satyavathi managed to make a distressing phone call to her son, revealing that the agent had threatened her and coerced her into signing documents. The situation escalated when Thanuj started receiving calls from different numbers in Dubai, demanding a ransom of 5 lakh for his mother’s release. He expressed his inability to pay the amount and highlighted his lack of information about her current location.

“I have approached the external affairs minister and consul general of India in Dubai and sought their help to ensure my mother’s safe return. However, I have not received any response from them,” shared the distressed son.

The family is now anxiously awaiting assistance from the authorities to secure the safe return of Satyavathi. The circumstances surrounding her confinement and the alleged ransom demands have underscored the vulnerability of individuals who fall victim to fraudulent employment schemes abroad. The plight of Satyavathi emphasizes the need for heightened awareness and stringent measures to prevent such exploitative practices that affect unsuspecting job seekers.

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