Dubai: A 31-year-old Indian man, who worked in Dubai as a sales supervisor had planned to marry his Fillipino girlfriend last year but his plans hit a roadblock after he was laid off and ended up in prison due to his burgeoning credit card bills.
Now, despite his fiance's best efforts that have paid off a part of his debts, he still continues to languish in jail as his former employer has slapped a case against him for absconding.
Candy Babig, the Filipina girl who was all set to marry Mushtak Mahboob said it took her three weeks to raise the money which she gathered by selling her jewellery, mobile phone and other items.
But when she handed over the cash, she was told the firm would not be withdrawing its case against Mahboob, a report in The National said.
Mahboob's woes began in 2009 at the peak of recession time when he was laid off and remained jobless for six months. He eventually accepted a Dh 4,000-a-month (Rs 55,000) job at a computer products company. Mahboob claims the company stopped paying him last November following which he quit.
As a result, his debts caught up with him and, on January 9, police arrested him in connection with a credit card debt case.
Mahboob is also facing charges over a car hire debt. Mahboob was told he would get bail after his fiancee, the 34-year-old sales executive, Cabig, handed over his passport in to the Dubai Court, the report said.
However, he could not be released because, in his absence, his employer had filed an absconding case against him, and asked the Ministry of Labour to ban him from working.
"I had no intention and did not run away and answered their phone calls," Mahboob said. Cabig said she had no idea her fiance had financial problems until he called her from jail in January.
The employer told Cabig it would withdraw the absconding case if she handed over about 22,000 dirhams, an initial 10,000 dirhams for the ministry's fee and 12,000 dirhams to repay a salary advance and pay for a colleague's mobile phone that he had borrowed and not returned.
"I really hope he will have a chance to work again. The wedding can wait," Cabig told the newspaper.