Over 6,500 Indians in jails in 112 foreign countries
New Delhi: Over 6,500 Indian nationals are jailed in foreign countries, with a majority of them in the Gulf countries of Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates, the answer to a Right to Information (RTI) application has revealed.
In reply to a Right to Information (RTI) application filed by Subhash Chandra Agarwal dated April 4, 2013, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said there are 6,569 Indians held in jails in 112 foreign countries.
"The number of prisoners keeps changing," the ministry added.
According to RTI findings, Saudi Arabia has 1,691 Indian prisoners, Kuwait 1,161 and United Aran Emirates (UAE) 1,012.
"The major cause of imprisonment in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait were rape, robbery, drug trafficking, fake iqamas (Islamic calls to prayer), immoral relationships, traffic accidents and sale of liquor. The UAE , which has over 1,000 prisoners, has not given the offence or allegation against the prisoners," the RTI reply said.
Apart from the Gulf countries, India`s neighbours hold many Indians in prison. Pakistan has 254 Indian prisoners, most of them fishermen; China has 157 Indians lodged in its prisons, over charges like drugs or human trafficking, robbery and forgery.
Nepal has about 377 Indian prisoners, who face charges like kidnapping, possession of illegal arms or drugs and theft. Bangladesh has 167 Indian prisoners.
While 112 countries had Indians lodged in jail, the ministry said it also did not receive a "nil report" from 44 countries, so the numbers of Indian prisoners abroad could be higher.
Other foreign countries with a large number of Indian prisoners were Britain with 426; USA - 155, Malaysia - 187 and Singapore - 156.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- There will be earthquake if I speak on demonetisation: Rahul Gandhi
- Opposition observes 'black day' to mark one month of demonetisation
- Zee Media Exclusive: A reality check on public opinion on notes ban!
- Panel discussion on the decision of demonetisation
- Watch shocking visuals - Speeding car rams pedestrians in Kolkata, 3 killed
- Yuvraj Singh-Hazel Keech Reception: MS Dhoni, Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag attend lavish party — PHOTOS INSIDE
- Mongolia seeks India's financial aid, Chinese official media says it's 'insane'
- SC asks govt if demonetisation was confidential; to judge if policy unconstitutional
- Reliance Jio effect: Airtel offers free unlimited local and STD calls with 4G data at Rs 145
- OMG! Man punches Kangaroo in face to save dog – Watch video