Beginning 1 July 2014, the Embassy has been providing, on a daily basis, updated information about the death of Indian nationals in Kuwait on its website. Details offered are: name of the deceased, date of death, date of intimation of death to the Embassy, date of registration of death in the Embassy, nature/cause of death, mode of disposal of mortal remains (local burial or flight number, destination and date of flight for those repatriated to India).
2. During July 2014, the Embassy registered 51 deaths of Indian nationals in Kuwait. Out of these, natural deaths registered were 31, whereas unnatural deaths were 20. While mortal remains of 44 persons were transported to India, 7 were buried in Kuwait. The Embassy has been extending all possible help in completion of formalities for early transportation of the mortal remains of Indians to India. The procedure followed is as follows:
i) Intimation of death: On intimation of death of an Indian national either by the employer or the relatives of the deceased, the Embassy guides the informant on the procedural requirements for: (a) burial of mortal remains in Kuwait, or (b) repatriation of the mortal remains to India, depending on the wishes of the family members. An authority letter is issued in the favour of the informant for collection of death certificate and police report from the local authorities;
ii) Registration of death in the Embassy: Once the death certificate issued by the local authorities is received by the informant, it has to be endorsed by the Foreign Ministry, translated into English and submitted to the Embassy along with the passport of the deceased. The Embassy then issues a death certificate.
iii) Burial of mortal remains: The local authorities allow for burial of mortal remains of Muslims and Non-Muslims in Kuwait. After receiving written consent of the family members of the deceased, the Embassy issues an authority letter to be submitted to the local authorities. For the burials of seven Indian nationals done during July 2014, the average time taken from intimation of death and burial was two days.
iv) Transportation of mortal remains to India: The family members or the employer approaches the airline for issue of an airway bill for transportation of mortal remains to India. On the day of transportation, the mortal remains are sealed in a wooden coffin in Sabah Hospital in the presence of a medical officer, representative of the Embassy and relatives and friends of the deceased. The coffin is then transported to India. For the transportation of mortal remains of 44 Indian nationals to India during July 2014, the average time taken from intimation of death and transportation of the coffin to India was four days. There was one case of destitute Indian national, whose mortal remains were transported to India by the Embassy from ICWF.
v) Natural Deaths: The number of natural deaths registered with the Embassy during July 2014 was 31. The average time taken from intimation of death and transportation of the coffin to India was three days.
vi) Unnatural Deaths: The number of unnatural deaths registered with the Embassy during July 2014 was 20. The average time taken from intimation of death and transportation of the coffin to India was four days.
3. Nodal persons dealing with the death cases in the Embassy are:
a) Mr. Deepak Seth, Local staff, Mobile No. 66565703; and
b) Mr. Shakeel Ahmed, Local staff, Mobile No. 99793382