Indian Expats in UAE face action over Islamophobic posts
After several warnings of the Indian mission the list of Indian expats continue to increase over vile Islamophobic remarks on social media.
Three more have been fired or suspended after their offensive posts were brought to the attention of employers by social media users.
The men now join nearly half a dozen hate-mongers who have similarly landed in trouble in recent weeks.
The latest addition include Italian chef Rawat Rohit, storekeeper Sachin Kinnigoli and a cash custodian whose name has been withheld by his firm.
The new sackings and suspensions come days after both the former and current Indian Ambassadors to the UAE cautioned their countrymen about the UAE’s strict hate speech laws.
Similar warnings were issued by missions in other GCC countries.
There has been an alarming increase in the number of highly offensive, Islamophobic posts by some Indians living in Gulf countries.
Several of these people have lost their jobs while others have swiftly taken down their posts or deactivated their accounts after being called out by other social media users.
Here is the list of some other Indian expats who have landed in trouble for their social media posts:
April 2020: Prominent Sharjah-based Keralite businessman and filmmaker Sohan Roy is forced to apologize for a video which depicted Islamic clerics leading blindfolded men in skull caps in an adaptation of his poem on religious bigotry.
April 2020: Technician Rakesh B. Kitturmath, chief accountant Bala Krishna Nakka and finance analyst Mitesh Udeshi are fired for derogatory social media posts that violated the UAE law while a police complaint is filed against Sameer Bhandari, CEO of Future Vision Events & Weddings’ after he asked an Indian Muslim job seeker to “Go back to Pakistan” in text message
March 2020: Indian chef Trilok Singh who worked at a restaurant in Dubai is fired for making an online threat to rape Delhi-based law student Swati Khanna over her views on the controversial Citizen Amendment Act.
January 2020: Indian expat Jayant Gokhale draws flak for asking Keralite job seeker Abdulla SS to joining protestors in Shaheen Bagh in New Delhi.
March 2019: Indian safety and security officer at Trans guard Group in Dubai is sacked and deported for posting a comment on Facebook celebrating the terror attacks on New Zealand mosques.
June 2018: Rigging supervisor at an Abu Dhabi firm is fired for threatening to kill Kerala chief minister in a Facebook video.
June 2018: JW Marriott Marquis Hotel in Dubai terminates contract with Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar after he puts up a post on twitter saying that followers of Islam had “terrorized” Hindus for 2,000 years.
April 2017: 33-year-old Indian is sacked for sending offensive Facebook messages to Indian journalist Rana Ayyub.