We will give food to Indians who lost Saudi jobs: Sushma Peepli Live co-director convicted of raping an American woman
External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj asked the Indian embassy in Riyadh on Saturday to provide free ration to more than 800 nationals starving for the past three days in Saudi Arabia after losing their jobs.
“The employers have not paid wages, closed down their factories. As a result our brothers and sisters in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait are facing extreme hardship,” Swaraj tweeted, adding that her colleague, VK Singh, was travelling to Saudi Arabia to “sort out these matters”.
Swaraj said MoS for external affairs, MJ Akbar, was taking up the matter with Kuwait, where the situation “is manageable”.
Her response came following a tweet by a man who posted an image of Indians “starving and thirsty for three days in Jeddah”.
A few workers who lost their jobs at factories run by a Lebanese family in Saudi Arabia said most of those stranded were construction workers from Rajasthan, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Telangana.
A Delhi court convicted on Saturday Mahmood Farooqui, the co-director of popular Bollywood movie Peepli Live, of raping an American woman when she was in India for research in 2015.
The sentence will be decided on August 2.
The 35-year-old woman, a student at Columbia University in New York, had told the police that she was raped by the filmmaker at his Sukhdev Vihar house in southern Delhi on March 28 last year.
She alleged Farooqui raped her when she had gone to meet him to get help for her research work. She claimed to have met Farooqui in Varanasi where she had gone to collect information.
Last September, a senior police officer told HT that the woman returned to the US soon after the rape and wrote an email to Farooqui who apologised for “misbehaving” with her.
The woman later approached Delhi Police through diplomatic channels. She then returned to India and lodged a formal complaint on June 19.
“The woman alleged that Farooqui got drunk at a party and took her to a separate room where he forced himself on her,” the officer said.