‘I will fight for compensation’ An Indian woman tailor in UAE who was injured in a road accident and repatriated in a wheelchair has moved papers to fight a compensation case. Rejimon Kuttappan On September 19, 2019, Anitha Kumary, a 51-year-old Indian woman tailor, was hit by a car in Abu Dhabi. She suffered a severe head injury and lost consciousness. She was rushed to the Acute Emergency section of Sheikh Khalifa Medical City. She was put in the Intensive Care Unit for five days and when medics found some progress, she was moved to the monitored bed. Finally, she was discharged on October 6. Even at the time of discharge, she wasn’t able to stand independently or sit without support. And on a wheelchair, she was repatriated to India on October 15. “Even now, I have to take medicines for some 14 USD. Every month, I have to visit a medic. If I stop medicines, I will lose my eyesight and memory, says the medic,” Anitha said. “Without a job, salary, and no other source of income, it is quite hard to survive. I was sent empty-handed. I didn’t get a single penny as an accident claim. And as my employer had cunningly made me sign my visa cancelation at the hospital, I am not able to go back to UAE too,” Anith added. Anitha had migrated to UAE in 2019 January as a tailor. As she is a Class 10 pass, she didn’t fall under the Emigration Clearance Required (ECR) category. She falls under the non-ECR passport holding category.

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