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Expat suicides toll rises to 26

Bahrain News
Tue, 04 Sep 2018
By Reem Al Daaysi
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AN expatriate woman took her life yesterday, making it the second reported suicide in the first three days of this month.

Indian Nizamol Nazar, aged 29, was found hanging from a ceiling fan in her Gudaibiya residence at 10.59am, according to sources.

“She was seen with her friends on Sunday night until she went to sleep,” Ms Nazar’s cousin told the GDN.

Ms Nazar was working as a helper at a private school after working at a hotel.

“This morning (September 3) at 6am when the school bus came she was not to be found,” said the cousin on condition of anonymity.

“Her two flat-mates heard ‎her mobile ringing as it was kept outside her room.

“They tried knocking on her door and she did not respond so they called some people who broke down the door and they found her hanging from a ceiling fan.

“She was not married and was the sole bread winner of her family back home.”

Sources confirmed that the body is currently at Salmaniya Medical Complex mortuary and family members are liaising with ‎the Indian Embassy and social workers to repatriate the body at the earliest.”

Ms Nazar is from Pathanamthitta in Kerala.

On Saturday, an African man reportedly committed suicide aboard a boat docked at Mina Salman. According to sources, Tamirat Attarah, aged 26, hanged himself using a rope attached to a pipe on the boat owned by a private navigation company.

Ms Nazar’s death took the toll of reported suicides among foreign workers this year to 26.

The GDN reported on Saturday that a surge in the number of suicides among expatriates has sparked a social media campaign aimed at promoting awareness among migrant workers of their rights in the country.

The ‘Workers Rights in Bahrain’ drive is spearheaded by the Bahrain Human Rights Watch Society and it targets more than 800,000 foreign workers in Bahrain, including 90,000 domestic workers.

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