No hope for Indian expats who protested against Nupur Sharma in Kuwait: Journalist

The Kuwait government has decided to arrest and deport all expats, including Indians, who protested against remarks on Prophet Muhammad by the now-suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma.

The Gulf nation is known to be strict with its laws, including labour laws for expats. According to an Indian journalist based in Kuwait, the government will not go soft on Indian expats.

“No hope for Indian expats in Kuwait who protested against Nupur Sharma. The Kuwaiti government will not go soft on them, they will be deported very soon,” Jeeves Erinjeri, an Indian journalist based in Kuwait told India Today.

“Kuwait is very strict and particular with its laws. Within a few weeks they [Indian expats] will be deported,” Erinjeri said.

“Even the Indian government will not intervene in the issue. The Indian Embassy in Kuwait has been telling its citizens to follow the laws. So I don’t think there will be support from the embassy’s side as well,” he added.

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According to Kuwait government, instructions have been issued to arrest expats who organised a demonstration in the Fahaheel area, after Friday prayers in support of Prophet Muhammad.

The action will be taken as they violated the laws and regulations of Kuwait, which stipulates that sit-ins or demonstrations by expats are not to be organised in the Gulf nation.

Incidentally, Kuwait was one of the Gulf nations that summoned the Indian envoy over Nupur Sharma’s remarks on Prophet during a TV debate.

As the controversy erupted, Indian government distanced itself from the remarks and termed them as the views of “fringe elements”. BJP has since suspended its national spokesperson Nupur Sharma and expelled its Delhi media head Naveen Kumar Jindal.

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