Family members of Judith D’Souza, who was abducted from Taimani area of Kabul, today said they are hopeful regarding the efforts by the Indian government in bringing her back from Afghanistan.
“There is no update as of now. But the MEA is constantly in touch with us. A Joint Secretary level officer is coordinating with us. We have full faith in the Indian government and the MEA that they will do the needful in bringing back Judith from Afghanistan,” Judith’s brother Jerome told PTI.
When asked whether the details about the efforts being made were discussed with the family members, Jerome said “no, these are official proceedings, which MEA and Indian embassy in Kabul are dealing with. These things are not to be made public.”
External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj had yesterday called up Judith’s family here and had assured them of making all-out effort to bring her back.
Judith, working for Aga Khan Foundation as senior technical adviser, has been kidnapped by suspected militants right outside her office in the heart of Kabul and efforts were being made to secure her release.
She was scheduled to return to India next week.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said she was keeping in touch with Swaraj for Judith’s safe return.
“We have taken an all-out effort for Judith’s safe return. I am in touch with the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj,” Banerjee said at the state secretariat Nabanna today.
TMC MP Derek O’Brien had already spoken to the family members of the abducted woman and also contacted the External Affairs Minister.