Closure: PIL in HC for bringing back 56 stranded pregnant nurses in Saudi Arabia

NEW DELHI: A PIL has been transferred to the Delhi High Court seeking instructions for the Center to bring back 56 stranded pregnant nurses in Saudi Arabia due to coronavirus-induced confinement.

The United Nurses Association's request was mentioned via the web link to the interested joint registrar that allowed it to be listed on Monday (May 18), said the lawyer representing the organization.

The statement, filed through attorney Subhash Chandran, has sought an address from the Home Office to strictly follow the standard operating procedure (SOP) he announced regarding the repatriation of stranded Indian nationals abroad.

According to the petition, the SOP states that priority should be given to people with medical emergencies, including pregnant women.

It has been stated that many of the pregnant nurses are in their third trimester and therefore require medical and psychosocial support.

The petition also stated that these women are left alone in Saudi Arabia since the family status visa was not granted to staff nurses like them.

The association has sought an address to the Center to bring back the stranded pregnant nurses in the second phase of the 'Vande Bharat Mission' between May 19 and 23.