Expat stuck in India, family runs out of money in Sharjah

Sharjah, May 27 (IANS): An Indian family here has run out of money as their sole breadwinner has been stranded in India due to COVID-19 flight suspension. Sephali Panigrahi, who lives in Al Nahda with her two daughters aged 17 and 12 years, said they are facing an acute financial crisis, Gulf news reported.

"My husband left his credit cards in the office locker and took the key with him when he left for India hoping to return after four days," she recalled.

"My younger daughter who studies in Class 8 has got an ultimatum from school. They have threatened to remove her from the E-learning platform if I don't pay her fees immediately.

"Who would have thought he will get stranded. We have almost exhausted whatever cash we had and are down to our last dirhams. Unfortunately my husband cannot send money from India as he is under lockdown in a Mumbai neighbourhood which has been declared a red zone (high risk area) by the government," said Panigrahi.

"We are also getting calls from banks asking us to clear out dues," she said.

UAE residents stuck abroad will be able to return from June 1, provided they meet specific criteria.

Panigrahi said she's losing hope as her husband's ICA application is yet to be approved.

Her husband had gone to India to drop off his father on March 15.

"He was due to return on March. He is diabetic and also suffers from asthma. The medicine prescribed to him are not available in the local market. We are very worried about his health," she said.



Comment on this article

  • Rita, Germany

    Fri, May 29 2020

    How difficult snd how fast one can get into problems is shown here.It was pure stupidity when husband going out of country locking the credit card elsewhere and wife has to wait for his return for her daily use .so far is the trust between partners.or he must be having more money or less in account as he told wife.well wife can only ask his chief /boss to lend money till his return.no other way here.or someone lend money .only till when he comes or his job is sure?Is there no possibility she can lookout for a job to getout of her situation? why cant school show some liniecy till he comes or friends ?Very bad.So here we learn onething.Better have a second card for your wife/husband in case of emergency.

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  • habib, mangalore

    Thu, May 28 2020

    There are many family struggling to pay house rent due to no job and business . please bring theme immediately .

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  • Deshbhakht, Mangalore

    Wed, May 27 2020

    Wait a minute - he locked his credit cards in th company locker ?? That is how much he trusts his wife & children ??

    He has no friends who can lend some Dhs. to his wife and he deposits a cheque in that helping friend's account in India ??

    There is a proverb : Saadhisidare sabala nungabahudu.

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    Wed, May 27 2020

    Actually what they are expecting from Govt or public, some one shud help them get thier credit cards immediatly ,

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  • Theresa Sequeira, Salmiya

    Wed, May 27 2020

    " He left his credit cards in the office locker and took the key with him when he left for India '
    No need to worry, its very simple, someone could help to open his drawer to get his credit card then matter automatically solved.

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  • Kishore Kumar, Mangaluru

    Wed, May 27 2020

    ... legally speaking, even using the credit card of husband is illegal unless it is a joint account !!!

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  • Deshbhakht, Mangalore

    Wed, May 27 2020

    There is a system - dependent credit card. He could have made one for his wife so that they won't have to wait for him to accompany them for purchasing anything.

    Yes, anything - including the basic need - food. No need to fear that she will drain all his money. There is a cap a card can buy/purchase limit.

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