Women ready to sell kidneys to save husbands in Dubai jail

November 22, 2012

Six women in India are ready to sell their kidneys to secure the release of their husbands who are jailed in Dubai for murder, local newspaper XPRESS reported on Thursday.

The six construction workers were imprisoned for charges of rioting that claimed the life of a Nepalese guard.  Five of them were sentenced for 24 years and one for 10 years.

The women from Karimnagar village in the state of Andhra Pradesh said they are willing to resort to the desperate measure to raise about AED 100,000 ($27,225) as blood money that has to be paid to the victim’s family in Nepal.

“He went there to work. I don’t know what happened. They said he is in jail. No word, no phone. We have a child. How can we do anything without him? We went to a lot of people but nobody helped,” the daily quoted Reshma, wife of jailed worker Kareem as saying.

Laws in India do not permit the sale of kidneys, so the women have appealed to the State Human Rights Commission to allow them to sell their organs.

Bhim Reddy of the NGO that is supporting the women said: “We submitted petitions for help to both the Prime Minister of India and the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. After these women asked for permission to sell their kidneys, their plight was highlighted in the media. Fortunately, many people have pledged their help, including two state MLAs who have offered a month’s salary.”

According to Sanjay Verma, Indian Consul General in Dubai, missions do not get involved in raising blood money for criminal offenders.

“I cannot comment on their efforts to raise blood money. But the Consulate had helped to facilitate negotiations between the two parties through our embassy in Nepal,” XPRESS quoted Verma as saying.