What is it with Indians going berserk in the United Arab Emirates? Now another Indian expat has been fired from his place of employment and is facing jail time for hate crimes. Rakesh B. Kitturmath was fired from Emrill Services for Islamophobic comments on social media.
Rakesh B. Kitturmath, who worked as a team leader at Emrill Services, an integrated facilities management (FM) headquartered in Dubai, was fired on Thursday.
Emrill Services chief executive officer (CEO), Stuart Harruison told Gulf News that his company reported the Indian expat to Dubai police.
“Kitturmath’s employment stands terminated with immediate effect. He will be handed over to Dubai Police. We have a zero-tolerance policy towards such hate crimes,”
Emrill Services took notice of their employee’s hateful comments on Muslim worshippers on a Facebook post about Coronavirus.
Rakesh’s comments had sparked massive outrage on social media. Soon enough Netizens were demanding action against him.
Stuart Harrison asserted that Emrill Services has an inclusive policy and therefore, it could not stand for hate speech.
“As an organisation, we have worked hard over the years to embrace diversity and create a culture of inclusion, where every nationality, religion and background is welcomed and celebrated. We have a strict social media policy for our employees to ensure they respect our values, both inside and outside of work. As a result, the employee in question has been terminated and the matter has been passed to the appropriate authorities.”
Dubai police have not yet apprehended the Indian expat. Although his former employers no longer want to be associated with him, they will hand him over to the police if he turns up.
“We have over 8,500 employees so this may take a while. That said, we have fired him. If he’s still in the country, he will be handed over to Dubai Police.”
Rakesh Kitturmath from Ranebennuri, Karnataka, is not the first Indian expat to feel the heat of the UAE’s strict hate speech laws.
Just days ago, Abu Dhabi-based Indian expat Mitesh Udeshi was sacked for posting a cartoon targeting Islam on his Facebook page.
Similarly, a police complaint was filed against Sameer Bhandari of ‘Future Vision Events & Weddings’ in Dubai when he told a Muslim job seeker from India to go back to Pakistan.
It doesn’t end here. A Dubai-based Indian chef, Trilok Singh threatened Swati Khanna with rape over her political views about India’s controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA 2019).
Previously an Indian expat went as far as to laud the Christchurch shooting in New Zealand. Dubai based security company Transguard fired Rony Singh for celebrating the New Zealand shooting in a Facebook post.