An Indian expatriate in Oman has been fired from his job for posting insensitive comments about flood victims in India’s state of Kerala.
Rahul Cheru Palayattu, a cashier in Lulu Group International’s Oman branch, was reportedly dismissed from his work on Sunday.
Commenting in a Facebook post by volunteers, Palayattu made fun of the sanitary needs of the flood victims.
The comment sparked anger among social media users, and prompted Palayattu to post a Facebook video to apologise for his comments.
“I am really sorry for what I did. I was in an inebriated state when I posted that message. At that time I did not know what I did was a grave mistake,” said Palayattu, who hails from Kerala where more than 370 people have been reported dead and half a million others displaced in floods brought by heavy rain.
His apology did not appease netizens and the Lulu Group, whose Indian owner MA Yusuff Ali donated Dh9.23 million to fund aid efforts in Kerala.
“This is to inform that we have terminated your service with immediate effect because of your highly insensitive and derogatory comments on social media with regard to current flood situation in Kerala, India,” according to a termination letter signed by Lulu’s HR manager in Oman.
Lulu Group’s Chief Communications Officer, V Nandakumar, said, “We took immediate steps to terminate his services and send out a very loud and clear message to the society about our stance in such issues. We as an organization have always stood for humanitarian values and highest ethical practices.” GAD/Expat Media