Muscat: Since 1984, Madhusudhan, an Indian expatriate, had approached several officials to get an exit pass from the Sultanate. However, even though he had a few documents to prove his Indian nationality, it was insufficient to obtain an out-pass. Finally, yesterday, when a document was sent from India to prove his identity, he received an 'exit' from his hardships to a place where no documents are required.
"After 30 years of struggle, Madhu passed away, putting an end to his long wait," Muneer, a social worker in Muscat, told Times of Oman.
"We came to know of Madhu from our friends last week. We found him lying in front of a building in Darsait, shivering from the cold. He didn't have enough clothes to keep himself warm. He was not even able to talk. Somehow, he managed to reveal his identity. So we quickly rushed him to hospital," said Muneer.
Madhu, who came to Muscat in 1977 from the South Indian state of Kerala, had been working in a construction company for a few years. In 1983, he visited his hometown for the last time.
"According to him, after his last visit, he was robbed in Ruwi. Somebody stole his bag, which contained his passport and other details. From then on, he became an undocumented migrant," the social worker stated.
After becoming an undocumented migrant, he had approached his embassy's officials several times to get an out-pass, but his attempts were in vain. "He had a National Cadet Corps [NCC] certificate and even a copy of his ration card. But these papers were not enough for the embassy officials to provide an out-pass. They insisted that he should provide his 'nativity certificate.' Now that it's finally on its way, he didn't wait for it," the social worker added.
After he lost his passport, Madhu started doing menial jobs to survive in almost all the towns in the Sultanate. "During the last 10 days, he was treated in several hospitals for heart ailments and tuberculosis. The medics did their best. We thought we would be able to send him back to his hometown. But he didn't wait for our help. He left us for a world where no documents and help are needed," Muneer said.