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₹34 Crore Raised As Blood Money To Secure Release Of Kerala Man From Saudi Jail

Initiated by the Legal Action Committee, it raised approximately Rs 34 crore, surpassing its target. erala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan hailed the campaign as a testament to the state's unwavering commitment to brotherhood and unity in the face of communalism

Edited By : Aniket Raj | Updated: Apr 13, 2024 09:59 IST
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Abdul Rahim From Kerala

Kerala saw one of its most significant crowdfunding campaigns, raising around Rs 34 crore to secure the release of a Kozhikode native imprisoned in Saudi Arabia. Initiated by the Legal Action Committee, the effort aimed to free Abdul Rahim, who had been sentenced to death for the unintentional killing of a boy in Saudi Arabia, where he had been incarcerated for 18 years.

Abdul Rahim, originally from Kozhikode, traveled to Riyadh in 2006 on a house driver visa. In addition to his responsibilities as a driver, he also provided care for a differently-abled Saudi boy.

During one of their journeys, Rahim and the boy encountered an accident that led to the unintentional detachment of the life-support device attached to the child. Despite Rahim’s attempts to prevent any harm, unfortunately, the boy passed away due to the accident.

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In 2018, Rahim received a death sentence according to Saudi Arabian law due to the incident. However, through persistent efforts, the boy’s family was informed that Rahim could be pardoned if Rs 34 crore was paid as ‘blood money’.

The funds raised in India will be transferred to the Indian Embassy in Riyadh through the Ministry of External Affairs, enabling Rahim’s release.

Rahim extended his thanks to both the public and the legal committee for their unwavering dedication, labeling the endeavor as the “Real Kerala Story.” Simultaneously, the Legal Action Committee declared an end to fundraising activities, affirming that the set goal had been achieved and no additional donations would be sought.

To ensure transparent fundraising, the committee introduced the ‘SAVEABDULRAHIM’ app, through which over Rs 30 crore was collected. Influencers, NRIs, businessmen, and social activists spearheaded the campaign, coming together to advocate for Rahim’s return home after 18 years of incarceration.

In response to the news, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan stated that it was a resolute affirmation that the state stands as a bastion of brotherhood, impervious to the divisive forces of communalism.

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First published on: Apr 13, 2024 09:59 AM IST

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