Tuesday, 29 August, 2006
THE Indian embassy will move the authorities concerned against the sponsor of an Indian driver who says he has been badly beaten up by the former "for some flimsy reasons" a few days ago.
The driver, P K Usman, with bandaged head and swollen eyes, was brought to the Indian mission by one of his friends, after receiving treatment at the Hamad hospital emergency section.
Speaking to journalists, Usman alleged that his employer beat him up with a metal flask and later with the butt of a gun without any provocation.
Usman comes from Panamaram in Kerala’s Wayanad district.
The driver said his only "mistake" was that he did not go to serve coffee to the sponsor in the morning. Instead, he sent a new recruit at the house with coffee.
Usman was severely injured in his eyes, head, face and nose as a result of the beating. After roughing him up Usman’s employer allegedly pulled out a gun with the intention of shooting him but the driver grabbed it from him with great difficulty.
The driver said he begged his employer to spare his life pleading that he has his wife and four children, besides aged parents, to feed back home in India. Whereupon, Usman’s employer pushed him to a bathroom where he thrust his injured head into a bucket filled with unclean water.
At this point, when the sponsor realised that Usman’s condition had worsened, he panicked and left the bathroom. Taking advantage of the situation, Usman managed to escape to safety.
He took a vehicle from the garrage and drove straight to the hospital. On the way, near the Rayyan roundabout, some policemen stopped Usman on seeing him bleeding in the vehicle. But when he narrated the incident, they asked him to rush to the hospital.
Talking to the media yesterday, Indian Ambassador Dr George Joseph said, realising the gravity of the incident, the mission is planning to move the matter to the authorities concerned for appropriate action. A police complaint has already been filed against the sponsor, he said. It would be followed by other proceedings, if required, he said.
Usman’s employer is reportedly out of the country, but two of his representatives had come to the Indian mission yesterday with the intention of reaching a settlement with the help of a mediator in the Indian community. But they could not meet the embassy officials as they seemed to be "busy".
Tej Ram Meena, an embassy official, said though the mission has received a number of complaints of ill-treatment of house maids and drivers, this has been the worst case of beating of an individual by his employer in the last four months.