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India proposes guidelines for protecting fishermen in Bahrain

India has proposed a set of guidelines for the protection of its fishermen coming to work in Bahrain after an Indian fisherman died in Qatari waters in September.



Dubai: India has proposed a set of guidelines for the protection of its fishermen coming to work in Bahrain after an Indian fisherman died in Qatari waters in September.

Karthikeyan Thangarasu, 40, died in Qatari waters on September 21 when his boat collided with a Qatari Coast Guard vessel. His crew members were detained in Qatar and their boat was seized.

To prevent such incidents some conditions had been suggested to Indian authorities one of which is a deposit to be paid by companies hiring fishermen, Indian Ambassador to Bahrain, Mohan Kumar was quoted as saying by Gulf Daily News.

"We have written a letter to the Tamil Nadu government from where most fishermen come to work in the Gulf and the Overseas Indian Affairs Ministry regarding our suggestions to protect fishermen," he said.

The embassy was earlier asked to enforce the same law that was applicable for the recruitment of housemaids, which means that employers have to pay a deposit to the embassy before recruiting Indian fishermen.

"There is no clear definition of fishermen as they are classified in the seafarer category, which means they do not fall in the Emigration Check Required (ECR) category," Kumar said.

He also said that the embassy was following travel ban cases, while Indian nationals serving their sentences in prison were kept in good condition.  

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