Dubai: Indians in the UAE have been advised
to respect local laws when reacting to developments such as
social activist Anna Hazare`s anti-corruption movement in
their home country.
The appeal from Indian Consul-General in Dubai Sanjay
Verma has come following arrest of three Indians for violating
local laws after a group organised a march in Dubai on August
20 in support of the Jan Lokpal bill.
Verma made the appeal to the community members through
the Consulate`s Facebook page o Tuesday, saying the reaction
to some developments in India makes many of us forget that we
are in a foreign land.
"I take this opportunity to advise my Indian brothers and
sisters to once again be cautious and avoid public reactions
to issues in India. But, if you feel you need to, (then) do so
acknowledging local laws and other requirements," Verma wrote.
The Consulate is following the arrests case closely and
has been in touch with the three individuals and their
families who are undergoing avoidable stress because of this
indiscretion, he said.
The local law and legal process will determine the fate
of those arrested.
"Indians in the UAE are known for their responsible and
law abiding nature. Sometimes, an emotive reaction encourages
behaviour that falls foul of local laws and sensitivities. I
do understand that many Indians here feel strongly about the
ongoing protests in India.
"A simpler way of conveying concerns is by joint
petitions. This was, incidentally done, recently by a group of
170 Indians, that signed joint petition has since been
forwarded appropriately to Delhi by your Consulate," he said.