Sunday, November 10th: An ISR Member has just made us aware of the following emergency situation. We ask you to review the following information and act as your conscience dictates.
The following is quoted from the Huffington Post:
Mr Ezhur Kalarikkal Gangadharan was, until this summer, a caretaker at Al Rabeeh school in Abu Dhabi (for 30 years). It was a school that had been set up by Brits, and has many British expat teachers working at it.
Mr Gangadharan had not seen his wife and three daughters, back in his home country of India, for two years. Each month, he sent most of his wage packet home. He volunteered at a local community centre, during what little spare time he had.
One day in April 2013, he was arrested, taken to a police station, and beaten for three days. Terrified and in agony – he signed a document thrust before him by the police. The words were in Arabic, a language he could not understand.
The crime he had supposedly committed – the rape of an Emirati schoolchild at Al Rabeeh school.
The South Asians working at the school that day, so-called “house boys,” had also been arrested, tortured, told by police that only a confession would end the pain. Mr Gangadharan had simply been unlucky, he had broken first….
For whatever reason, nobody at the school is prepared to comment on the case. Many of their jobs rely on good will from the Emirati. The Royal Group are not returning calls from myself or from Human Rights Watch. Even the Indian Embassy, swamped with similar abuses and not wanting to upset their diplomatic relationship with the Emirati, simply commented “we have complete faith in the UAE legal system.”
An appeal against Mr Gangadharan’s rape conviction is happening this Monday 11th November. You can sign a petition calling for a fair re-trial of Mr Gangadharan. Click Here to Sign the Petition (To be delivered to: Ambassador of UAE to the UK, H.E. Abdulrahman Ghanem Almutaiwee & President of the United Arab Emirates, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan)
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