Pregnant Keralite in UAE moves SC seeking repatriation

Pregnant Keralite in UAE moves SC seeking repatriation

Agency News

Dubai: Amid the Indian government's reluctance to repatriate thousands of their citizens who have been abandoned in the UAE, one pregnant Dubai expat has decided to take her case to the Supreme Court, so that she can fly home for her delivery.

Athira Geetha Sreedharan, 27, from Kerala, filed a writ petition seeking help to return to her home country following the suspension flights to India as part of precautionary measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Sreedharan, who lives in Dubai with her husband Nithin Chandran, said she wanted to return home for the much-needed support following the birth of her first baby which is due in the first week of July.

However, owing to the flying restrictions during pregnancy, she has submitted to the court that she can travel up till the first or second week of May.

In her plea, she said she has no one to help her except her husband who cannot seek leave as he works in a construction company, the sector which is not shut down during the national disinfection and sterilisation campaign here.