After expatriates protested controversial remarks by former BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma, Kuwait decided to deport them to their home country, according to media reports.
During a discussion at a roundtable on the Gyanvapi Mosque investigation organized by a television news channel, Sharma had made remarks about the Prophet Muhammad that had offended the Gulf countries.
Shortly after, she issued an apology on social media platform Twitter and later resigned her designation.
When Kuwait protested his statements, India’s ambassador to the country said they did not reflect the views of the Indian government and added ”in accordance with our civilizational heritage and strong cultural traditions of unity in diversity, the government of India gives the highest respect to all religions.”
The Arab Times, an English-language daily published in Saudi Arabia, reported that the Kuwaiti authorities were “arresting expatriates and sending them back to the deportation center to be deported back to their country”.
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Deported expats who participated in a protest against the remarks will again be barred from entering Kuwait.
The government of Kuwait has made it clear that all expats in the country must obey the laws and avoid breaking them at all costs.
In 2019, the number of Indian nationals legally residing in Kuwait crossed the 10 lakh mark, with the community growing by 5-6% annually, according to the latest statistics released by the government.
According to the Indian Embassy in Kuwait, the Indian community followed by Egyptians are the largest expats in Kuwait.
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