“I have left my previous job; I have left the house I was working in. I am calling from a different place now”, she said.
Mustafa thought she sounded troubled. “Why on earth would you leave your job?”, he asked surprised.
“I shall tell you everything the next time. . . “, the line went dead.
A worried husband having no means to contact his wife approached Human Rights Protection Foundation.
Jameela had gone to Kuwait in search of a job as a house maid. She had written letters of her well being to her husband Mustafa in Kallikote, and had also assured that she would send money as soon as her employer paid her. She had even talked to him over phone a couple of times. She was gone for only four months when she went mysteriously missing.
Where was Jameela? What had happened to her? What had forced her to leave her job and move out? Did they find her? If so how? She spoke only malayalam. How did she manage on a foreign land?
Jameela in jeopardy
“Is this the Human Rights office? Our farm worker Mustafa’s wife is missing. The whole family is in panic. Would you please help? ”, asked the caller, who said he was from Madikeri. It was Sunday, the October 5th 2003.
“You better lodge a complaint with the police immediately”, Dr Ravindranath Shanbhag, the President of Human Rights Protection Foundation, urged him.
“Sir, she is missing in Kuwait, not here. So the police are helpless. The family does not even have the knowledge about where Kuwait is. Would you be able to help?”