Unlike the Arab world, dowry is an essential part of most Indian weddings, forcing many Indian men to leave homes in search of jobs overseas to help collect the large dowry demanded by some greedy bridegrooms at the time of their daughter or sister’s wedding.

By Riyasbabu

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Published: Sun 27 Nov 2005, 1:15 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 3:08 PM

Basheer, a 34-year-old Indian national, also arrived in the UAE 15 years ago with a similar dream of earning enough money to get his four sisters married and provide a decent living for the family. But after 15 years of toiling in the UAE, he will have to return home without money. And though he has managed to get all his sisters married, he does not have enough funds to even support his treatment for kidney failure.

“I worked hard for the last 15 years, but now I don’t have money to go to hospital for treatment. My whole body is swollen, and I am vomiting. I have lost vision in one of my eyes,” lamented Basheer, adding that the doctors advised him to go back to India for further treatment, but “I don’t have money to go back and undergo treatment for my kidneys.”

Both of Basheer’s kidneys are not functioning and he is forced to stay in his cramped room in the labour camp in Sharjah Industrial Area in the hope that some good Samaritan will come forward and help him.

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