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Sridevi's death in Dubai reflects delays in repatriating deceased migrants

The wait for Sridevi's body to be returned triggered extensive media coverage

Roli Srivastava | Reuters 

The death of Indian actress Sridevi in Dubai has highlighted a rarely-discussed issue affecting the families of deceased migrant workers in Gulf countries - long delays in repatriating their bodies. The 54-year-old, who was widely regarded as India’s first female superstar, died by accidental drowning in her hotel bathtub on Feb. 24. Sridevi’s body was flown from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to India on Feb. 27, and her funeral was held the following day. In contrast, it has been nearly a month since migrant worker Bhojanna Arepally died of an unspecified illness in Muscat, ...

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First Published: Thu, March 01 2018. 18:36 IST