Kuwait has said that the protesters will be deported to their respective countries as they violated the laws and regulations of the country.
The Kuwait government has decided to arrest and deport all expats, including Indians, who protested against remarks on Prophet Muhammad by the now-suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma.
The Gulf nation is known to be strict with its laws, including labour laws for expats. According to an Indian journalist based in Kuwait, the government will not go soft on Indian expats.
“No hope for Indian expats in Kuwait who protested against Nupur Sharma remarks, the Kuwaiti Govt will not go soft on them, they will be deported very soon,” Jeeves Erinjeri, Indian Journo based in Kuwait tells me: pic.twitter.com/R6iCheBRGT
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“No hope for Indian expats in Kuwait who protested against Nupur Sharma. The Kuwaiti government will not go soft on them, they will be deported very soon,” Jeeves Erinjeri, an Indian journalist based in Kuwait told India Today.
“Kuwait is very strict and particular with its laws. Within a few weeks they [Indian expats] will be deported,” Erinjeri said.
According to the Kuwait government, instructions have been issued to arrest expats who organized a demonstration in the Fahaheel area, after Friday prayers in support of Prophet Muhammad.
The action will be taken as they violated the laws and regulations of Kuwait, which stipulates that sit-ins or demonstrations by expats are not to be organized in the Gulf nation.
Incidentally, Kuwait was one of the Gulf nations that summoned the Indian envoy over Nupur Sharma’s remarks on Prophet during a TV debate.
As the controversy erupted, Indian government distanced itself from the remarks and termed them as the views of “fringe elements”. BJP has since suspended its national spokesperson Nupur Sharma and expelled its Delhi media head Naveen Kumar Jindal.