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From Gulf Daily News in Bahrain:
A message to Bahrain‘s ‘most heartless sponsor’
Posted on » Wednesday, July 04, 2012
After a few months, I resigned and my sponsor was kind enough to give me a release letter so I could find a better job.
A friend referred me to a cleaning company and I was assigned to clean all the ladies’ toilets at a building in Muharraq.
They did not change my housemaid visa, although I worked as a cleaner for the company.
My salary was BD100 and I worked 12 hours a day (6am-6pm), six days a week.
We worked on government holidays, but did not get overtime.
I was renting a room because when I joined the company in June, 2011, I was the only female cleaner – the rest were all men from India.
After 10 months, I resigned in April. My meagre salary could not support my children who are studying. My eldest is in college.
I was confident I would get another job with better salary.
I am a college graduate, a teacher by profession, and wanted to use my knowledge.
My employer said he cancelled my visa, but did not give me documentation to support this or my passport. He had withheld it since I joined the company.
I was able to find work at a school and worked as office staff for a month, but the school did not apply for a visa for me – contrary to what its owner promised me.
The cleaning company boss called me on June 6 to inform me that I was illegal in Bahrain.
I begged him to give me one more month to find a new sponsor who would transfer my visa.
I told him I didn’t want to go back to my country because I needed to continue working to support my family.
I am a widow and the sole breadwinner for my family, which includes my aged parents and four children.
He told me I should come to his office to settle the matter.
I went right after we talked on the phone, but to my surprise, the police were waiting for me.
Unknown to me, he had filed a police complaint against me and reported me as a “runaway”.
I gave my statement, saying I was not a runaway and actually resigned from the company, but nobody listened.
Policemen took me to the women’s jail in Isa Town, where I spent 12 days emotionally depressed.
I had no extra clothes to change into, no visitors were allowed and I could not contact the outside world.
However, I told my story to a policewoman who gave me permission to use the phone.
This is to my old employer who is the most heartless sponsor.
How could you make a police report saying I “ran away”? I was not working inside your home – I was renting a room and living outside before I joined the company and even after I resigned as a cleaner.
I resigned formally and you had no objection. I even provided an offer letter from another company, but you did not give me a chance to find another job.
Instead, you had me thrown in jail. What wrong I did for you to make my life miserable? You even wanted to interfere in my personal life by trying to trace my friends.
Worst, you got my name blacklisted so I cannot come back into Bahrain.
You are educated and have a good, reputable job, but you are a man with no heart and no feelings for poor people like me.
I only wanted to stay in Bahrain to continue working because I have a family to support.
Are you happy that you were successful in putting me in jail because of your false report to the police?
Are you happy that I suffered humiliation and mental anguish inside the jail?
Are you happy that my children have to stop going to school because I lost my job and returned home unemployed and penniless?
I didn’t even have money for transport to reach home from the airport. I am undergoing stress therapy in my country. What happened to me was a nightmare and I am struggling to recover.
Bahrain authorities should investigate police actions during recent demonstrations that injured one activist and narrowly missed injuring a journalist: here.
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