A total of 158 Indians have been reported dead in Kuwait during the last three months, according to the figures released by the Indian Embassy in Kuwait. Out of the 158 Indians reported dead from July to September this year, mortal remains of 125 Indian nationals were airlifted to India while the remaining 33 were buried in Kuwait as per the wishes of their family members, the embassy said in a statement, according to the Times of India.
From those sent to India, 104 were transported within 1 to 5 days of reporting the death to the Embassy (three days being the average time taken for transportation of the mortal remains). The deportation of mortal remains of 21 deceased persons, however, took longer time, ranging from 6 to 25 days, it said.
Delays in 21 cases occurred as police investigations were required to be conducted in cases of suicides, murders and traffic accidents. In some cases, local sponsors took time to complete formalities while non-availability of flights and intervening holidays were other important reasons, the paper said quoting the embassy.
“It has been our endeavor to assist in the earliest repatriation of mortal remains of Indian nationals who die in Kuwait. As cremation facilities are not permitted in Kuwait, it becomes necessary that many bodies are airlifted to India for final rites,” the embassy added in the statement