Over Half of 7,620 Indians in Foreign Jails Are in Saudi Arabia

first_imgAccording to the data available with the Indian government, 7,620 Indian nationals are lodged in 86 foreign jails, of which the highest number is concentrated in Saudi Arabia. The Gulf country accounts for 56 per cent of Indian nationals who are imprisoned abroad, of which 2,084 face charges of financial fraud, burglary and bribery. A large number of them have also been arrested for drinking and selling alcohol, which is illegal in Saudi Arabia.Of the 7,620 Indian nationals in foreign jails, at least 50 are women. Most of these women are in prisons in countries such as Sri Lanka, China, Nepal, the US and UK, besides the Gulf nations. The data was shared by MJ Akbar, the Minister of State for External Affairs, in response to a question raised in Lok Sabha on August 9. He added that due to strong privacy laws, local authorities in many countries do not share information on prisoners without getting explicit consent from them. Akbar added that the government had received 170 applications for repatriation, of which 61 prisoners have been repatriated from foreign prisons since the enactment of the Prisoners Act 2003.About 500 nationals are lodged in South East Asian countries, most of whom were charged with offences related to drug trafficking, immigration violations and human trafficking. In Pakistan prisons, 500 of the 546 Indian nationals are fishermen. They have also landed in jails in Sri Lanka after they inadvertently cross the maritime border — an issue former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha frequently took up with the  Union government . Prisoners from Tamil Nadu are housed in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei and Ethiopia as well.In countries like Australia and Canada, 115 prisoners are Indian who have been charged with offences related to murder, sexual assault, money laundering and road accidents. Germany, Italy, Greece and France did not provide details of Indian nationals in their prisons.India has signed treaties with 30 countries under which prisoners from the country have been brought back. Also, under the Inter American Convention, which India has ratified, the country can receive and send requests to member nations for release of prisoners. Related Items: Saudi Arabia jailsIndian nationals in foreign jailsIndians imprisoned abroadInter American ConventionLittle IndiaLok SabhaM J AkbarPrisoners Act 2003last_img read more

Racist Pamphlet Targets Asian School Board Candidates in New Jersey

first_imgFliers seeking deportation of Chinese-American and Indian-American aspirants to the school board were discovered by residents of Edison, New Jersey, in their mailboxes earlier this week. The flier says “Make Edison Great Again” on one side, and displays the photos of Jerry Shi and Falguni Patel, both Asian candidates for the school board. Nobody has come forward to take credit for the racist poster.   “Stop Jerry Shi and Falguni Patel from taking over our school board,” the flier says. “The Chinese and Indians are taking over our town!” it continues. “Chinese school! Indian school! Cricket fields! Enough is enough!” On the reverse side, it says, “Stop the overcrowding!” “Stop taking over our sports fields! Stop the McMansions! Stop multiple families living in the same house! Stop wasting school holidays! Stop the outsiders!” “Let’s take back Edison and our schools.”  Edison is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the country, with 42.7 per cent Asians, according to data on Neighborhoodscout.com. More than 53 per cent people are college graduates and the median household income is almost $40,000 more than the national median.  Patel, who was born in New Jersey and is an immigration lawyer, said she was disgusted by the pamphlets, Associated Press reported.  “I was born and raised in New Jersey,” she said. “To see the word `deport’ on my picture — really it’s just outrageous.” Republican mayoral candidate Keith Hahn vowed to find the “anonymous cowards” while Democratic Mayor Tom Lankey said it is a “sad reality” that certain people feel empowered to express “these vile ideas.” The flier is in violation to state election law as it doesn’t mention who paid for them. A resident of Edison reacted to the pamphlets on Facebook, saying: “Make Edison Great Again,” my foot. This is how you debase it, and this is how it spreads and festers… we’re only 150 years from Slavery, 70 from the Holocaust, never mind all the other ongoing worldwide atrocities. Think the trajectory of this crap doesn’t lead to war and genocide? Sorry, I don’t trust that much; we’re basically still barbarians and these cockroaches are crawling out of the cracks now that our beautiful country is being “led” by this reprehensible “president”.” Related Itemslast_img