Mortal remains of NRI man stranded in UAE for 19 years reach home
Koothattukulam: Rathnakumar (58), native of Chirayinkeezhu, who got stranded in Riyadh for 19 years returned home as a dead body. On father’s day, this poor father lay inside the coffin without seeing his children.
Rathnakumar breathed his last one and half months ago in Riyadh. His body was brought home on Sunday morning.
His family, including his wife Molly and sons Sonukumar and Sanukumar, were expecting that he will return home one day. They were shocked to receive his mortal remains expecting his arrival after 19 years.
Molly broke into tears while recollecting memories of her husband. Molly fell in love with Rathnakumar while working as a typist in Delhi.
30 years back, Rathnakumar moved to UAE for looking after his family. He was employed in a furniture shop. He used to visit his family in Kerala.
But he lost his job after the furniture shop was gutted in fire. He also lost his documents in the accident. Following this, he was stranded in Riyadh.
Amidst this, he became a diabetic patient. Though he strived hard to return home, he could not succeed. As he didn’t hold valid documents, he spent his life as an illegal immigrant. He was engaged in small jobs to find a livelihood.
“Whenever he talks to me over phone, he used to tell me he wants to reach home at any cost,” Molly said with tears.
Rathnakumar succumbed to the ailments on May 4. His body was identified after the Indian embassy got information about an unidentified body at a hospital in Riyadh. Riyadh KMC took efforts to send Rathnakumar’s body back home.
Rathakumar’s niece informed Molly and her sons about his demise. His last rites were performed at the public crematorium in Koothattukulam.
Molly and her younger son Sanukumar are residing at a rented house in Uppukandam. Elder son Sonukumar and family are residing at Karimbana. The family didn’t get any help from the authority as Rathnakumar had no sponsors.