Indian maid locked without food in Bahrain

Lisie Joman, who hails from Ernakullam district in Kerala, is now being looked after by the manpower agency that brought her to Bahrain, according to a report in the Gulf Daily News.
The 37-year-old maid had arrived in Bahrain on August 22 when her alleged mistreatment began. Joman claimed she was regularly locked in a room by her Bahraini sponsor for large parts of the day and denied food.

Her plight only came to light after her cousin Denny Jacob was alerted by her husband and called the Indian Embassy for help, the report said.

Officials contacted the sponsor, who said he did not want the maid to work for him and returned her to the manpower agency. Preparations are now underway to send Joman home.

"I only got to know when her husband called and told me she was in trouble. I got her mobile number and after calling her so many times, I finally spoke to her. She claimed she hadn't eaten anything for several days," Jacob said.

"When I called the agency manager he asked me to pay BD600 that he needs to send her back," he said.

Indian Embassy officials told the newspaper that they are making arrangement to send Joman back to India.

They, however, said the situation could have been avoided if the expatriate had arrived in Bahrain through the proper channels as she came to Bahrain without the knowledge of anyone in the Embassy and didn't sign any contract, which all Indians have to do before they move to Bahrain or any other country.

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