An Indian expatriate (Keralite) working in Oman was fired from his job on Sunday after he posted insensitive comments on Facebook about flood victims in the South Indian state.
Rahul Cheru Palayattu, a cashier working at the Lulu Group’s Oman branch, had made fun of the sanitary needs of the flood victims while commenting on a Facebook post put up by volunteers on the ground.
After facing backlash on social media, Rahul posted a video on Facebook on Sunday publicly apologizing for his behaviour. “I am really sorry for what I did. I was in an inebriated state when I posted that message. At the time I didn’t know what I was doing was a grave mistake,” Rahul said in the video.
But his apology flew in the face of enraged Keralites who have been battling the worst floods in a century. More than 370 people have been reported dead so far, with half a million displaced after torrential rains and flooding submerged many of its districts.
V, Nandakumar, CCO of LuLu Group, said the organization “took immediate steps to terminate its services and send out a very loud and clear message to society about our stance on such issues.”
“We as an organization have always stood for humanitarian values and the highest ethical practices,” he added.
Indian billionaire MA Yousuf Ali has so far donated over SR 9 million for relief and rehabilitation in Kerala.