Oman embassy in talks to help 14 maids return to India

Indian assistant solicitor general tells Madras High Court about poor working conditions in sultanate

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The Indian government is in talks to help 14 housemaids who are attempting to return home from Oman due to poor working conditions.

Talks have been initiated with officials from the Oman embassy to bring the women back home, according to Muscat Daily, citing a Press Trust of India report.

The case was brought to light during the hearing of a habeas corpus petition filed at the Madras High Court by the mother of one of the housemaids, said the report.

The judicial bench had asked the government to look into the matter.

The mother of one of the housemaids, who are form the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, filed the petition to facilitate the return of her daughter, who is working as maid in Oman for a monthly salary of $296 (OR114).

She said: “My daughter reached Oman with the help of brokers. She found the conditions horrible as she had to work for 22 hours a day and not given proper food.”

Indian assistant solicitor general GR Swaminathan told a Madras High Court bench comprising justices KK Sasidharan and B Gokuldas on Tuesday that talks have been initiated, said the report.

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