CHANDIGARH: "He was just 29 and set to marry later this month. On October 13, he woke me up late at night to finalize the checklist for the big day. But the next morning he breathed his last, dying of heart attack at such a young age," said Gurdas Singh, cousin of Gurjit Singh, one of the many Punjabis who've died young while working in Kuwait.
The Indian embassy in Kuwait has confirmed a disturbing trend - a large number of Indians coming to this Middle Eastern country to realize their dreams are dying at a very young age.
The average age of the 416 Indians who died there since January has been a shocking 44.4 years with cardiac arrest being the biggest killer.
A report prepared by the embassy blames "harsh working conditions" as one of the key reasons.
Out of the 416 deaths, the youngest is a 23-year-old who was killed in an accident while the oldest is 53 who was a victim of cardiac arrest.
Shockingly, 44.4 is lower than the country with the worst life expectancy in the world at present - Sierra Leone. The African nation, torn apart by war and disease, has a life expectancy of 47 years for men, acco-rding to World Health Organization. COMMENT:- SINCE THE ARRIVAL OF VIOLENT POLITICAL PARTIES IN 1960 MOST KERALA INDUSTRIES CLOSED DOWN MAKING MIDDLE EAST AS THE MAIN EMPLOYER