An Indian woman, who disappeared 20 years ago after a recruitment agent in Mumbai promised her a job in Dubai but trafficked her to Pakistan, was found with the help of a video on social media and is appealing to the Indian government to help her. reunite with his family.
Waliullah Maroof, who is an imam at a mosque in Karachi, said officials from the High Commission of India in Islamabad contacted him and wanted to meet with Hamidi Begum to send her back to Mumbai. She is desperate to return home and be reunited with her family as she now lives in Karachi with her stepson Maroof told PTI.
Ms. Hamidi said in an emotional voice during the call that she had not seen her children and family in 20 years and wanted to hug them. I was able to talk to my daughter and granddaughter on a video call, but I want to meet them in person Ms. Hamidi, who was working as a cook in Qatar, was promised a job in Dubai by a recruitment agent from Mumbai in 2002.
The agent deceived her and trafficked her to Karachi From Karachi, she was taken to Hyderabad, in Pakistan’s Sindh province, where she was locked up for three months. After her release, she married a Pakistani widower with a son.
According to Ms. Maroof, the Indian woman’s Pakistani husband passed away three years ago. He had moved to the Karachi neighborhood from Hyderabad 14 years ago. I knew there was a problem with this lady because she always seemed worried. When she told me her story, I decided to help her by posting her video and story on YouTube, where luckily Indian journalist Khalfan Shaikh saw it and contacted me.
Maroof has used her social media accounts to also help Bangladeshi women, who had been trafficked to Pakistan, find their families. He said that such women, like Ms. Hamidi, are illiterate and economically poor and find it difficult to find work in Pakistan. They just accept their fate and live their lives, but Ms. Hamidi wanted to be reunited with her family.
She also remembered her address in Mumbai and her children’s names and when we arranged the video call with her daughter Yasmin Sheikh it was a very emotional moment.
Ms. Hamidi regularly called her family while living abroad in Qatar and Riyadh. After 2002, when the agent cheated on her after she paid him Rs 20,000, she lost contact with her family members because she was locked in a room and had no money.