Now, Sushma Swaraj rushes to rescue of Hyderabadi woman ‘sold’ to Saudi sponsor

Hyderabadi woman was allegedly deceived by agents and she is currently facing ‘mental and physical harassment’ at the hands of her kafeel (sponsor) in Saudi Arabia.

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Speaking to ANI, Singh said, "First and foremost we should all compliment our external affairs minister Sushma Ji for taking very keen interest and a great concern she has exhibited."(PTI)
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Hyderabadi woman was allegedly deceived by agents and she is currently facing ‘mental and physical harassment’ at the hands of her kafeel (sponsor) in Saudi Arabia.(PTI)

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday came to the rescue of a Hyderabadi woman who has been allegedly ‘sold’ to the ‘kafeel’ (sponsor) in Saudi Arabia. Swaraj said that she has asked Indian Embassy in Saudi Arabia to rescue and repatriate the woman to India at the earliest. Reacting to a news report, Swaraj tweeted “I saw this news item and asked for a report from @IndianEmbRiyadh which has been received. I have asked Indian Embassy in Saudi Arabia to rescue and repatriate her to India at the earliest. I have asked ProtectorGenGOI to proceed against the agent who sent her to Saudi Arabia. (sic).”

As per a report in the English daily Times Of India, the Hyderabadi woman was deceived by agents and she is currently facing ‘mental and physical harassment’ at the hands of her sponsor. The report said that 39-year-old Salma Begum was allegedly sent to Saudi Arabia by two agents identified as Akram and Shafi of the same locality in the city on January 21, 2017 on a housemaid visa. Salma Begum’s daughter Sameena told TOI that the two agents cheated her mother. Sameena told the newspaper that her mother wants to return home, but the kafeel, who has allegedly bought her for a hefty sum, is not allowing her to do so.

Family members have also lodged a complaint with Kanchanbagh police station, however, police appear to be unmoved by the matter and has not taken any action so far, Sameena alleged. Sameena further said that her mother was sold for an amount Rs 4 lakh, adding, that the torture started when she refused a contract marriage with her kafeel in Saudi. Salma Begum has been contacting her family through phones and messages.The girl further alleges apathy from police and says that despite several complaints and requests, there has been no strict step taken against agents Akram and Shafi.

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