Consulate steps in to help distraught Indian woman

DUBAI — The Indian Consulate has stepped in to help an Indian woman, who was allegedly admitted to the psychiatry ward of the Rashid Hospital at the behest of her estranged husband. Vivette Marie Lokre had come to Dubai in search of her son, who she claims was taken away by her husband without her knowledge. Following a scuffle with her mother-in-law, she was admitted to the Rashid Hospital, and was due to be released from the hospital on Wednesday morning. Since her husband refused to come forward to get her released, she was detained until one of Vivette’s acquaintances stepped forward to help her. As her husband refused to give her the apartment’s keys, she had to rely on various individuals for help, until the police intervened. Consulate officials were also called by the police on Wednesday night to resolve the matter.

By Prerna Suri

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Published: Sun 26 Dec 2004, 11:35 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:35 PM

“One of our officers was called on Wednesday night, and he succeeded in persuading the husband to give Vivette a duplicate set of keys. We have been working on her case since Tuesday, and have been in constant touch with the hospital and police authorities ever since. Furthermore, her husband was also contacted by the consulate and a meeting has been arranged for the two of them to meet today (Saturday),” said Yash Sinha, Consul-General of India.

Refuting claims that the case had not been handled well by the consulate, Sinha said: “Her case is quite complicated as it has become a legal matter which also involves a marital dispute. At the time of her release, there was no request made by the hospital or police authorities to arrange for shelter. But if she did require it, then certainly we would have provided for her to stay somewhere,” he added.

Vivette’s case has attracted widespread attention among private associations and individuals, who have come forward to help her. She is currently staying in a vacant flat owned by her husband in Deira, and is being provided with food and other necessities by various individuals.

“Her transit visa is soon expiring, so every day counts for her. She has yet to see her son and is apprehensive that she might have to leave the country without actually seeing him,” said Barbara Ali, a social worker.

According to sources, the Indian Consulate handles on an average, five to six such cases every month. “In most cases, we succeed in amicably resolving these issues through intervention and talks between the two parties,” said Sinha. “In Vivette’s case, all such issues, such as her visa status would have to be discussed when the meeting takes place. From our side, if talks prove to be unsuccessful, we can provide her with free legal advice if she so requires,” he added.

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