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Help pours in for 'poor' Indian family of 7 in UAE; Indian mission assures assistance

Press Trust of India  |  Dubai 

The touching story of an Indian family of seven, which was "living like prisoners" in the UAE, has led to several people coming forward with job offers and assistance from the here.

Officials of approached the family in Sharjah on Friday and offered them help in "documentation as requested by the family", Sumathi Vasudev, (consular and labour) and of the in Dubai, told

Madhusudhanan, 60, from Kerala, and his Sri Lankan wife Rohini, 55, had claimed to be "living like prisoners" in Sharjah and sought help from the to legalise their residency status fearing arrest and deportation.

Their four daughters - Ashwathy, 29, Sangeetha, 25, Shanthi, 23, Gauri, 22 - and one son, Mithun, 21, have never been to school in their lifetime. They all are unemployed and live in a dilapidated two-bedroom house in Sharjah.

Vasudev said that "four out of five children have passports. But the passports have expired since 2012. However, has a valid passport."

"members have come forward and given employment offers to the children and Madhusudhanan," Vasudev said.

On the receipt of formal (job offer) letters, the family would be approaching the for renewal of their passports, she said, adding that the renewal will be done as per the procedures.

Asked how would Madhusudhanan's wife be assisted as she is a Sri Lankan national, the said that she will be assisted by once Madhusudhanan's status is legalised.

Earlier, reported last Thursday that the family do not even have enough to eat and there are days when they have to survive on a packet of quboos (Arabic bread).

came to the UAE in 1979 as a worker. He married in 1988. All the children have been home-schooled by their mother and now can read and write.

When asked why he did not want to leave the country by availing the amnesty declared in 2003, 2007 and 2013, had said he did not want to split his family.

"How could I go to leaving my wife behind? She is a Sri Lankan and does not have an Indian passport. My children are attached to their mother and they cannot live without her. I had to stay to keep my family together," he had said.

The couple said they hope to legalise their status and enroll children in some vocational courses as they have lived in the UAE for nearly four decades.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, July 09 2018. 18:50 IST
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