Embassy officials informed the Telangana government yesterday that the mortal remains of Asima would be dispatched after obtaining necessary clearance from the local authorities in Riyadh. Embassy official Krishna Mudgil sent a mail to this effect to the NRI Cell at Telangana secretariat on May 10.

 

Asima's mother Ghousia Khatoon has alleged that her daughter’s death was caused by harassment and torture by the latter’s employer. According to Ghousia, her daughter called some time back to tell her about the torture and urged that she be freed from the employer.

 

Ghousia requested the Telangana government to help her in getting the mortal remains as early as possible.

On the receipt of the family's consent today, the NOC for dispatch of mortal remains has been issued in favour of the sponsor. Mortal remains will be dispatched to India after obtaining necessary clearances from local authorities

 

According to sources in the Telangana government, once a charge of harassment is levelled on a case, the body would have to go for postmortem. Usually, in such cases, getting back the body takes four to five months, sometimes even more. Now, Ghousia has filed an affidavit to forgo that and to receive the mortal remains early.

 

The affidavit had been sent to the Indian embassy in Riyadh on Tuesday.  Following this, the embassy has initiated steps to dispatch the body to India. The mail said, "The sponsor of the deceased had visited the Embassy yesterday and deposited all the relevant death documents and the salary of 5 months amounting to SR 5,000.

 

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“NOC could not be issued yesterday due to the absence of clear consent. However, on the receipt of the family's consent today, the NOC for dispatch of mortal remains has been issued in favour of the sponsor. Mortal remains will be dispatched to India after obtaining necessary clearances from local authorities."

 

The embassy also informed the Telangana government that a cheque of equivalent Indian rupees (around ₹89,044) of SR 5,000 will be issued in favour of mother and the same will be forwarded to her through the office of the district collector.