Rupa had just called her husband Dil Bahadur BK who worked in Saudi Arabia as a carpenter for a construction company. Dil Bahadur had promised to call her back in a few hours, but that conversation turned out to be their last one. BK whose home is in Parbat district died in a workplace accident on 23 April. He had been working as a labourer in Qatar and Saudi Arabia for the last eight years. Although his fellow workers contacted his family and informed them about the tragedy, the company has not contacted Rupa yet.
BK's body has been lying in a morgue at a local hospital in Saudi Arabia's Taif city for the last three weeks. Since his family did not have money to bring back the body for last rites, they approached the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the manpower company which sent BK to Saudi Arabia for help. But so far neither the government nor the agency has responded. Already buried in debt, the death of the sole bread earner has made the family's life more difficult. "He was our only hope. How are we supposed to send his children to school and take care of them?" lamented BK's elderly mother, Nanda Kali.