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No porn clips, pan masala, black magic: Dos and don’ts for job seekers in Saudi

NEW DELHI:  Indian job seekers before you hop off on a plane to Saudi Arabia ensure that “there should be no obscene video clips or porn material on your phone/laptop etc.

According to a Hindustan Times report, the revised and updated pre-departure instructions announced by the government advisory committee states that you should not carry the items that are prohibited/forbidden in the oil-rich kingdom.

“Narcotic drugs, poppy seeds, food items containing pork, khat leaves, pan masala, and text related to any religion other than Islam” are the list of items to be prohibited/forbidden.

Saudi Arabia uses the death penalty for crimes of sorcery and witchcraft. The Saudi government has advised the job seekers “not to carry any ‘taweez’ (amulets) or black thread or anything which gives the impression that you indulges in black magic.

The revised guidelines announced by the government are aimed at ensuring that “the Indian nationals are familiar with their job contracts, local laws and what they need to do should they face a problem,” said an Indian official.

“Indians have been warned about Recruitment Agents (RAs), who could dupe them in a number of ways such as by not handing over their contracts or inflating their fees,” he added.

As per revised instructions, the recruitment agents (RAs) cannot take service charge of more than Rs. 20,000.

 Indians in Saudi Arabia are the largest expatriate community. Every year around 30 lakh Indians emigrate to the kingdom to find a job.