Response Emergency Access & Care To Indian Overseas Network
Cases & Awareness
Response Emergency Access & Care To Indian Overseas Network
Case 1(Visa Issues)
37 Indians got detained in Russia, and this case came through our reaction team volunteers in India. We got involved since fake agencies have utilized all these people.Among 3730 people are from TamilNadu. Gunasekaran punniamoorthy, Arokiyaraj Heller, are the two central volunteers who acted between the Tamilnadu government, Russian consular general, oia and victim families. As a first step, 14 people sent first and later 17 people reached Delhi. Among that 15 people are from TamilNadu and they reached Chennai safely. Tireless effort of these people Gunasekaran, Arokiyaraj saved the lives of many victims. Our volunteers went way beyond and identified the fake agency people. Reaction team raised the report on this agency to the concerned department .we are proud of our volunteers.
Our sincere the consular general from Russia,Ramesh from NRT department ,Tamilnadu Government.
Case 2(Work Issues)
Sumathi used to live with her mother in Coimbatore and was on the lookout for a job to support her children’s education. A divorcee and single mother of two children, Sumathi had gone to Kuwait to work as a house help to support her family. The situation took a turn when she was tortured and made to work for 20 hours a day. She was even tortured physically and was beaten up on many occasions. She had requested many times to let her quit the job and return to her country. Her pleads were denied and she was blackmailed that they took all her travel expenses to care and she can only leave until all her dues are cleared. Furthermore, one momentous day, they went to the extent to lock her in a dark room without providing her any food for almost an entire day. Furthermore, in her attempt to escape somehow, she took the choice of jumping down a three-story building.
Her spine is injured, and she has been rescued/sent back to her home country with the help of the Indian government, along with the efforts of our reaction team core point of contact Venkatamathi from Kuwait.This is a continuous story from Kuwait and we are providing our support as much as we can.Our sincere thanks to Venkatamathi who is working on many cases from Kuwait.
Case 3(Accident Cases)
It was DEC31,2018. A young parent and a beautiful kid want to travel from their place to friends' place on the road for a new year celebration. They started early morning. The husband wore a seat belt, and the beautiful wife accompanying the kid at the back seat did not wear a seat belt /concentrating on the kid.
The car had an accident and without wearing the seat belt, the beautiful young wife lost her life. The little young kid and husband were admitted to the hospital. Initial support and inputs were given by Reaction team volunteers who did not even think that the next day was a New year. All we focused during this crisis was emotional support to the husband and focused that the kid should not be taken to CPS
A case where cars fall on Rahul while he was trying to do an oil change for his car was unforgettable. He left a dependant wife and a small kid.
Accident Case Dubai: An emergency crisis in Dubai happened at 2018 .. Muthupandyan Govindrajan, 25 year old young man passed away due to road accident..He passed away on July 17 but no movement from that on.. As soon as it came to our hands on Jul22 , our team worked on getting contacts and got few contacts thr’ social media ..Within an hour Dubai team is formed and team started working on this case.. Nimal Raghavan from Dubai lead the case by roaming here and there . Ashraf who helped in Sridevi’s case joined the group but not in Dubai.. He immediately involved his assistant Riyaz in the group. Chinaparaj Sivakumar , founder , president of tamil makkal mandram worked on top of it and executed the show by providing inputs , guidance to nimal raghavan..Mathivannan who is known to victim family was following up rigorously from Dubai.. Since it is an accident with lots of challenges, on Jul29 victim’s remains reached to India and his parent was able to do final rites for his son with a heavy heart.. Thank you Chinaparaj Sivakumar and Mathivannan for supporting NRI's in crisis from Dubai. With continous efforts, Reaction team stayed on getting benefits and family got 26 lakhs settlement in 2020 . #Pic 5Muthu Pandian case history(Picture to be taken from FB) #Pic 6 On jul29 at airport.. #Pic 7 Muthu Pandian relation along with his remains in airport..
Case 4(Visitor in crisis)
One of the visiting parent collapse during transit at Detroit airport is an exceptional case..Victim collapsed at the restroom. His brain was dead. Until family reached, he survived with life support and it was taken away once family reached. Many visitor parent collapse is frequently reported across USA.
Case 6:(Suicidal case)
Thanikavel Balakrishnan from Chennai worked as a chef in Oregon. He was reported missing more than a year ago and his body was found on the Columbia riverside in the state of Oregon. Based on the family DNA match, the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office -confirmed his death and officially has closed the search request on him declaring him dead. Since no immediate family member or relative is in the USA, Reaction Team worked to finishh his final rites.Reason for death is identified as Suicide and we have few more cases reported. Due to confidentiality, we cannot share many cases.
Case 7:(CPS cases)
Kid buzzed the casino machine twice and cop took the child with them.Few other CPS cases are reported and below is one of the link for CPS case awareness.
Link for awareness for CPSRead More...
Case 8:Woman in crisis
Another story to be kept in reaction team records showcasing that humanity always wins irrespective of country, race, color, religion.
Took a month with lots of challenges ending in many sleepless nights.
Rescue and repatriation of stressed out lady and ended as document less stay...on time rescue after a month follow up.Ontime rescue after a month follow up
All government officials helped above and beyond to help a fellow Indian on humanitarian basis .It ended up in a greet and meet event recognizing all efforts .Reaction team heartfully thank Atlanta Indian consulate / Greenville police department to turn this into a successful story ..Finally A big lesson learnt with a huge satisfaction .Reaction Team is invloved in supporting many woman in crisis.
Emergency Visa steps :
Being as an NRI, you will lose your loved ones at home country anytime. An NRI from Brussels was looking to get a visa for his six years old daughter, who was a citizen of the country. Based on guidance/support provided by Reaction team, they reached emergency helpline and got e-visa within 6 hours.
Awareness 1( This is applicable for Indian citizens who are trying jobs in abroad )
What fake agencies will do :
1. Fake agencies will send ten people for a job through their friend's network based on that they will cheat a hundred people
2. Using photoshop fake visa will be given after a few months they will pay only half off the money or they will send people for manual labor work for less salary
3. They will have a link between the agencies abroad and send the person in visitor visa and use the people to do a slavery job
4. Lots of attractive advertisements will be done if the CV is shared, you will be selected and service charges will be started from medical examination
5. Fake offer letter or fake agreements will be rolled out more service charges
How to identify government-approved agencies for jobs
To identify government-approved agencies, please go to this link: https://emigrate.gov.in/
To check the validity of your offer letter and visa, please use these helplines listed below :
Note: reaction team heartfully thank Krish, NRT department Tamil Nadu for providing the above details.
Visiting parent collapse is being reported frequently to us .Anbu Chandran from IOWA who joined emergency volunteer team recently is going to share a recent incident and his learnings to be done during crisis..Many stories with learnings to be shared sooner..View More...
In case of any car accident, few things to be noted below:
1. Who to be blamed for the accident?
2. Make note of any statement by another driver.
3. Other evidence to preserve includes witness contact, information, description of road traffic, weather conditions and a photograph of the vehicle,
4.If possible recorded video of the situation
5. Before other driver acts proactively for the right of compensation, be sure to work on it by getting a personal injury lawyer.
6.When you are away from home country, please follow the rules and be safe.You are more important to yourself than anyone
Problem for women in NRI marriages
More than 3 million people of Indian origin have made the United States of America their home. These Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) have not completely severed ties with the land of their birth and visit it regularly for making financial investments or arranging marriages. While this is helpful in maintaining a bond with their country of origin, it has also given rise to some problems.
The past few years have witnessed a sharp increase in problems related to NRI marriages.
In the eagerness not to let go of such lucrative marriage offer, the families totally ignores even the common cautions that are observed in traditional matchmaking. They also ignore that in case of things going wrong in an NRI marriage, the woman’s recourse to justice is greatly constrained and complex. The aggravated risk in such marriage is the woman is being ‘isolated’ far away from home in an alien land, facing language constraints, communication problems, lack of proper information about the local criminal justice, police and legal system. The situation is worsened by lack of support network of friends and family and monetary constraints which leaves the deserted wife completely helpless and stranded.
Dos & Donts
Do check the NRI groom’s personal information particulars such as : Marital status: if he is single, divorced, separated, Employment details : qualification and post, salary, address of office, employer and their credentials, Immigration status, type of visa, eligibility to take spouse to the other country Dos & Donts Dos
Financial status, Properties said to be owned by him in India, residence address, family background, Visa, passport. Voter or alien registration card, Social security number.
Have regular and meaningful communication with the man and his family over a period. Make sure that the two persons to be married meet personally and interact freely and frankly in comfortable atmosphere to make up their minds.
Insist on a registered marriage along with the religious marriage to be solemnized in India with adequate proof like photographs etc.
Insist on keeping in touch with the bride even after the marriage on phone and e-mail and through local friends and relatives and get alert if at any point there is any reluctance or difficulty in this.
Equip the woman with knowledge of the laws of the foreign country and the rights she enjoys there, especially against any form of abuse or neglect, including domestic violence and if she can get residence permit and other protections as a victim of domestic violence or abuse.
Inform people you trust if you face domestic violence in any form - physical, emotional, financial, and sexual. Keep a log of all acts of violence you face. ❏ ❏ ❏ Have a bank account in your exclusive name near your residence that you can use in case of any emergency.
Keep a list of contact details of neighbors, friends, relatives, husband’s employer, police, ambulance, and the Indian embassy or high commission, if abroad.
Leave photocopies of all important documents including your passport, visa, bank and property documents, marriage certificate and other essential papers and phone numbers with parents or other trustworthy people in India or abroad. In case they are lost/forcibly taken away/mutilated/destroyed by or at the instance of spouse or in-laws, the copies will come in handy; if possible, keep a scanned soft copy with you and any person you trust so that the same can be retrieved if necessary.
Try to keep a photocopy of husband’s personal details including passport, visa, property details, license number, social security number, voter or alien registration card, among others.
Do not take any decision in haste and do not get pressurized to do so for any reason whatsoever.
Do not make matrimony a passage to greener pastures abroad by falling prey to lucrative schemes to migrate to another country or promises of getting green card through marriage.
Do not finalize marriage matters, without meeting the family or over long distance, on phone or through e-mails.
Do not get pressurized in taking impulsive decisions of marriage proposal with an NRI just because it appears too perfect to be true.
Do not negotiate your daughter’s marriage via a bureau, agent or middleman or trust them blindly In case matrimonial negotiations takes place via matrimonial sites, verify the details and authenticity of particulars submitted about the groom.
Do not finalize matters in secrecy – publishing the proposal among the near and dear ones, friends and close relatives could help you in getting vital information which you may not be able to collect otherwise .
Do not agree on the marriage taking place in the foreign country
Do not be coerced into acceding to dowry or any other unreasonable demand made by or on behalf of your husband in order to end your desertion. Inform officials immediately if being forced to do so.
Do not remain quiet, if faced with desertion or any other cruelty by husband and/or in-laws whether in India or abroad. Approach the authorities.
Do not forge/fabricate papers or legal documents for somehow going abroad and do not become a party to illegal acts under pressure, allurement or instigation from anyone.
Do not be forced into participating in legal action in country of husband’s residence. You can file a case in India and cannot be forced to defend a case filed against you by husband abroad - especially divorce. India has more women-friendly laws than many other countries.
Do not panic if your husband obtains divorce in the other country with or without your knowledge since it is not valid in India. Its valid in India only if you participate in that case.
Do not defame husband and/or in-laws without evidence as they may slap a defamation case against you. Speak only the facts at the right fora - before police/lawyer/social worker/court etc.
Do not be vindictive and take law in your hands. Never resort to violence or any illegal act to settle scores with deserter husband and/or in-laws. Approach government authorities in case of any problem in the marriage. Do not file false/frivolous complaint.
High level Steps after death in USA(To send remains to home country):
Pls refer to the below high level steps
Let’s get these steps going.(specially anything on top of what Hindu Funeral Home would be doing)
1) Postmortem ( hospital)
2) Police report or clearance (if required)
3) death certificate(guessing city/county)
4) Certificate of non-communicable diseases (mandatory for transportation of HUM) -health department ?
5) NOC application form( Indian embassy)
6) Original passport ( need to be cancelled)
7) Embalmation certificate( funeral home)
8) Cargo clearance with airline - funeral home needs to have
If sending the remains to India below are the processes
9) Interline / hum cargo booking
10) Cargo Clearance - Customs ( all paper work shud be available with receiving person)
11) Local transit in india.(Reaction team can arrange free ambulance from chennai to your destination)
One other thing finding who will sign for all the documents in US aid also a critical thing.(authorization letter from family wud be read)