India Abroad

Maximum Number Of Indian Nationals In Foreign Jails Are In Saudi Arabia

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| August 11 , 2017 , 09:07 IST

Indian nationals make a name for themselves wherever in the world they may be, and while many bring pride and fame to the nation, others land in less desirable positions, such as in jails. From the total 7,620 Indian nationals lodged in foreign jails, the highest number of jailed Indian nationals are in Saudi Arabia.

The total of 7,620 Indian prisoners are lodged in 86 jails worldwide in southeast Asia, Sr Lanka, China, Nepal, US, UK and the Gulf countries with nearly 56 percent of them being interred in Gulf countries. Among the 7,620 Indian prisoners, at least 50 are women.

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The 2,084 Indian prisoners in Saudi Arabia have mostly been confined on charges of financial fraud, burglary and bribery. Others have been arrested for drinking and selling alcohol in Saudi Arabia where producing, importing or consuming alcohol is a crime.

Meanwhile, in countries in southeast Asia such as Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, the majority of Indian nationals in prison were charged with offences related to drug and human trafficking and immigration and visa violation. In Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, and Ethiopia a large number of prisoners are fishermen who entered troubled waters. In Australia and Canada, Indian nationals that are prisoners have mostly been charged with murder, sexual assault, money laundering and road accidents.

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In Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei and Ethiopia a large number of prisoners are fishermen who entered troubled waters. In Australia and Canada, Indian nationals that are prisoners have mostly been charged with murder, sexual assault, money laundering and road accidents.

European countries including Germany, Italy, Greece and France did not provide details of Indian nationals in their prisons.

According to a Ministry of External Affairs official, 61 Indian prisoners have so far been repatriated from foreign prisons under the Prisoners Act, 2003.