A couple of days after Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj rescued a Hyderabadi woman who was allegedly ‘sold’ to the ‘kafeel’ (sponsor) in Saudi Arabia, another such incident came to notice. A woman from Hyderabad Asima Begum has requested Swaraj to rescue her sister from Saudi Arabia, alleging that she is being tortured there, as reported by the news agency ANI. According to Asima, her sister Asra Begum went to Saudi Arabia in November 2016 to work as a nurse. But now, she is being forced to work as housemaid there. The victim’s sister further said that the family cannot even contact her. The family has now lodged an FIR in this connection and requested Swaraj to help bring Asra home, according to ANI reports.
Recently, Sushma Swaraj helped a woman in a similar incident where she came to the rescue of a Hyderabadi woman Salma Begum who was allegedly harassed mentally and physically by her sponsor there. Getting the information, Swaraj had asked the Indian embassy in Saudi Arabia to rescue and repatriate the woman. Within few days, Salma was rescued from her sponsors. Elated over the repatriation of Salma on April 27, Swaraj tweeted, “Indian national Salma Begum has been rescued. She is reaching Mumbai by flight G9406 at 04.15 am on 28 April 2017.” She further thanked the Indian embassy in Riyadh for their quick response and efforts to resolve the issue. In another tweet, she mentioned, “I appreciate the efforts of @IndianEmbRiyadh for resolving this in just 72 hours.”
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Earlier, in the second week of the April, 10 Indians working as crew on a commercial vessel hijacked by pirates were reportedly rescued. Sharing the news, Sushma Swaraj tweeted “I am happy to inform that 10 Indian nationals working as crew on MV AL Kausar which was hijacked by pirates have been rescued.” She further thanked Federal Government of Somalia, Galmudug state authorities and people of Somalia for their “help and cooperation.”
(With inputs from PTI)