External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday ordered the Indian mission in Oman to help a 36 -year-old Muslim woman who was reportedly sold in the country by a travel agent. The women, allegedly duped by a travel agent, was first sent to Dubai to work for a month. “Pls resolve this. @Indemb_Muscat @ProtectorGenGOI,” Swaraj tweeted. Press Trust of India reported that the woman, Rubeena Fatima, was offered Rs 80,000, for just one month’s work at a wedding in Dubai. However, after reaching Dubai, where she was kept for eight days, she was smuggled to Oman and was sold for Rs 3 lakh, the report said. In another such incident, 23-year-old Saira Banu, a woman from Shah Ali Banda, was rescued by from Saudi Arabia on June 3. Thanking Swaraj, Banu’s mother Bano Begum, said, “I am very happy that my daughter is returning. This year’s Ramadan would have been really good. I thank Madam Swaraj for the support”. Saira’s father said, “We will go to the airport to receive her, I am really happy for my child who is finally back. I want to thank Sushma Swaraj”. Under pressure after the action taken by Indian consulate, Saira sent a WhatsApp message to her family saying that her ticket to return Hyderabad from Riyadh, had been booked for June 2 by the family she was being made to work for.
Swaraj is known for taking care of Indians stranded overseas. On Monday, while addressing a press conference over 3 years of Narendra Modi government, Swaraj said as many as 80,000 stranded Indians have been rescued in last three years.
Swaraj added that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and her deputies, MJ Akbar and General VK Singh, should be thanked for the her ministry’s achievement. “I bifurcated work after deep introspection, I assigned field work to General (VK Singh) and dialogues to Journalist (MJ Akbar),” Swaraj said.