DT: Indian housemaid Vengida Laksmi, who had recently approached the Indian Embassy for help to return home, was finally repatriated by her sponsor. DT had reported Mrs Lakshmi’s ordeal a few days ago. The distressed woman had alleged her employer had not paid her wages for several months among other things.
The woman, who hails from Hyderabad in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh came to Bahrain in 2008 and worked in a Bahraini household.
Embassy officials had sent her back to her employer after he promised to make arrangements for her safe return home. The employer sent her to India, but booked a Bahrain-to-Mumbai ticket instead of Hyderabad, a source informed DT.
“She has no relatives or friends in that city. She will not even know how to book a bus or train ticket to get home,” the source said.
With the aim of helping Mrs Lakshmi complete her journey home, DT contacted a local social worker here, who later pulled some strings in Mumbai to make arrangements for the troubled woman’s husband to meet her in the big city.
The husband and a social worker from Mumbai met Mrs Lakshmi when she arrived at the Sahar International Airport in the Maharashtrian city.
The couple will be spending a night in the city before leaving for Hyderabad, DT was informed.
Mrs Lakshmi did not say if she received any settlement from her employer, but she expressed her joy at being reunited with her family.
She had earlier informed the embassy she had not been paid her wages. She also claimed that she slept on the stairs outside the house.
She reportedly told embassy officials that she ran away from her employer after learning her son was sick.