Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Haindava Keralam - Indian woman held in Saudi Arabia for husband’s 'murder'

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    • Indian woman held in Saudi Arabia for husband’s 'murder'
      Vinod Sharma, Hindustan Times
    • An Indian doctor in Saudi Arabia has been in solitary confinement with her infant child for nearly 18 days pending investigations into her husband’s suspected murder, after he allegedly converted to Islam.
      Traumatized by the ordeal of the young mother and her children, including a two-year-old daughter, the family is hoping against hope. Her husband, also a doctor in Najran, died on January 31. Suspicion that he was poisoned was raised a month later despite certification by a legal medical specialist under the health ministry that cause of death was “myocardial infarction” (heart attack). The spanner came while the family was preparing to leave for India with the body following clearance by the Indian Consulate General in Jeddah.
    • On March 1, the doctor was summoned to a local police station and told that her husband had embraced Islam before his death and for that reason she could not carry the body to India. A fortnight later, she was again made to report to the police and put in solitary confinement with her infant son, born to her on February 18.

      According to family members, she had no inkling of her husband having changed or planning to change his religion. He even now remains a Hindu in his travel papers and documents with his employer.
    • “We are doing everything possible to help. But even engaging a lawyer to represent the case in faraway Najran is an expensive and difficult proposition,” a senior MEA official told Hindustan Times.

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