'Depressed' Indian jumps under Dubai train

2012-12-06 14:07


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Dubai - An Indian man committed suicide in Dubai by throwing himself under a train after his employer refused him the right to return home, newspapers in the Gulf emirate reported on Thursday.

A driverless Dubai Metro train struck the man on an elevated track on Monday, the Gulf News daily said. "His body was left beyond recognition and police took two days to identify him," it reported.

The 36-year-old had "used an emergency fire exit to access the track", the paper quoted Dubai deputy police chief General Khamis al-Mazeina as saying, adding he was thought to have been under the influence of alcohol.

A friend of the victim who had been in Dubai since 2010 told police the man "was depressed and unhappy because he wanted to go back home but the sponsor, for no clear reasons, was not letting him go", said Mazeina.

The Indian man's work visa had been cancelled after he lodged a complaint about his employer. Under the sponsorship system for foreign workers in the United Arab Emirates, employers take possession of their passports.

Repeated criticism

"We are investigating why the company delayed sending" the man back home, Mazeina said.

The suicide is the first of its kind reported since the Dubai Metro began operations in September 2009.

Platforms in metro stations are protected by glass doors that slide open only when a train is there.

The UAE and other Gulf countries have come under repeated criticism from human rights groups over their treatment of millions of foreign workers, mostly South Asians.

The watchdogs have particularly criticised the sponsorship system, still in force in most Gulf states, by which workers must be sponsored by their employer, and have likened it to modern-day slavery.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
Read more on:    dubai

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

UK expert: Boks ‘have KO game’
Ireland hold on to down Italy
As it happened: Ireland 16-9 Italy
All Blacks sympathise with England
Traffic Alerts

Spontaneity is the order of the day. Let go and have some fun. Try not to set too many set plans and expectations and enjoy the...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.