DT: Indian expatriate Raghavan approached the Indian Embassy to help him return home. The Indian national has been suffering from acute back pain and needs specialised treatment at the earliest.
Mr Raghavan has been working in an auto garage here for the past five years. He had received his first vacation only after three years of continuous work. Even this time — if he returns — he will be going to India after nearly two years (complete on May 30).
Even though he has been suffering from back pain due to a disc issue, his sponsor refuses to let him go.
“I have been in pain for the past six months. My shoulders have also started hurting. I have to pay for my treatments out of the meagre BD100 I earn per month. I have X-rays and scan reports to prove my problem. I have paid for all these from my salary,” he said.
“I have been requesting my sponsor to allow me to leave for treatment. But he does not agree. He says, ‘You can leave in six months when I get more staff.’ However, I know that being understaffed is only an excuse to keep me here — there is no shortage of staff in reality,” said the troubled Indian expat.
“I have my family — wife and two children — back home. It will also be a lot easier and cheaper for me to get the necessary treatment in India. I just want to return home,” he said.
The embassy has asked him to return on Sunday so that they can make the required arrangements for Mr Raghavan to leave the country.