'Duped' woman returns home empty-handed
Manama, February 5, 2014
A woman, who claimed she was duped into working as a housemaid without pay for three months, left Bahrain without her belongings.
Nawab Bibi Haneef earlier claimed she travelled to Bahrain on a visit visa after being promised work in a fashion boutique, but was instead made to work as a maid, said a report in the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister publication.
She came to Bahrain in October last year and the sponsor, who is also a Pakistani, allegedly withheld her passport and didn't pay her salary.
The Pakistani Embassy intervened to send her back home, however, she left without getting her salary or passport as her case is still being reviewed at the Public Prosecution.
Embassy community welfare attache Maqsood Qadir Shah urged Bahraini authorities to speed up investigation procedures to resolve such cases.
"I have been following up this case with authorities, but I was asked to contact the Public Prosecution, which asked me to wait," he said.
"Haneef was sheltered in Dar Al Iman for a month while she waited for justice, but no one from the authorities got back to us.
"She was waiting to get her passport and belongings from the employer, who didn't even bother to answer our phone calls.
"I believe that justice delayed is justice denied.
"However, we gave Haneef an air ticket and some cash before she travelled back home."
Pakistan has already banned its female citizens from working as housemaids in Bahrain due to concerns about treatment and pay. - TradeArabia News Service