Jobless Indian engineer commits suicide in Dubai cemetery

A young Indian expatriate from the South Indian state of Kerala committed suicide in a cemetery in Dubai after he failed to land a job before his visit visa expired.

Sources told Emirates 24|7 that the unemployed expatriate was living in the public cemetery without food or other amenities for about a week before hanging himself from a tree within the cemetery.

Family sources of the deceased told this website that the 32-year-old A.S.R. was from Peroorkada, Thiruvananthapuram, and was earlier working in a private bank in Dubai as a sales executive.

He returned to his native place in Kerala after losing his job in early 2012, and spent about a year in India.

He then returned to the UAE about two-and-a-half months ago in search of a good job, but apparently did not succeed in finding one.

Krishna Kumar, the brother of the deceased, said he still believes that his elder brother is alive, because he did not have any major reason to end his life other than an estranged marriage.

“He is a computer engineer and used to work for several years in a bank in Dubai. After he lost his job, he returned to India and spent nearly a year there. He was married to an airhostess who works for Indian Airlines. The couple had some problems and were living separately and all attempts to reunite the estranged couple did not succeed,” he said.

Indian social workers told this website that A.S.K. came to the UAE with a visit visa from a private travel agency and had plans to join a bank before starting his own business.

“He was living in the public cemetery in Bur Dubai located near the Dubai Creek. The cemetery is full and is now closed for burial. The man lived in the cemetery for almost seven days. He committed suicide inside the cemetery by hanging from a tree,” said a social worker, Uma Padmanabhan, who helped the family in repatriating the dead body to Thiruvananthapuram.

“His body was lying here for some time, and after getting a no-objection certificate from his mother, the body was repatriated and cremated in Thiruvananthapuram. It was his Sanchayanam [a Hindu ritual for the dead] today, but his airhostess wife and her family did not attend his last rites,” a family member revealed.

“After getting married to an airhostess working for Air India, he came back to Kerala. He returned to Dubai in search of a better job and used to call us. The last time he called was on the day of [Hindu festival] Vishu [April 14] telling his mother that he would return to Kerala, after getting a good job,” said his brother over telephone from Thiruvananthapuram.

“We got a message from a Mumbai-based travel agency that my brother had committed suicide. We could not believe that and still I believe that he is alive. There is no reason for him to end his life,” he added.

“We found only a pair of pants, shirt and a watch along with his passport. He did not have anything else in his custody when we spotted the body hanging from a tree in the Bur Dubai cemetery,” said social workers.

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