Tireless efforts rescued Indian Judith D’Souza in Afghanistan, to return Delhi Today

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The tireless efforts finally brought happiness to the family of  Judith D’Souza, as an Indian Woman working with an NGO who was abducted  on 9 June has been rescued after more than a month in Afghanistan.

Announcing the great news, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said “I am happy to inform you that Judith D’souza has been rescued,” via her twitter account early in the morning hours.

Ms. D’ Souza will reach Delhi in evening Today, the Foreign Affair Minister informed via her Twitter handle.

 


The Minister also thanked Afghanistan for their support in rescuing her.

Judith D’Souza was associated with the Aga Khan Foundation in Kabul for several years and was about to return to India in a week when she was abducted on the night of June 9.

According to the police’s statement, Ms. D’Souza had been visiting a friend and was in her car with a driver and security guard, when they were overtaken by gunmen and forced into another car at gunpoint.

Read Full story at: Indian woman working with NGO missing in Kabul

However, they let off the two men as they were Afghan, asking Ms. D Souza if she was a “foreigner”, said police. The manner of her abduction made the police suspicious, however, and they kept both the driver and guard in custody. Accoding to sources significant leads indicates that the cause behind the abduction was ransom and that she hadn’t, as feared by many, been targeted by the Taliban. Ms D’Souza was believed to be kidnapped by a gang in the Shomali Plains, close to the village of the two men in custody.

The D’ Souza family in Kolkata — father Denzel D’Souza and mother Lawrence D’Souza along with sister Agnes D Souza — are delighted on hearing the news of rescue of Judith. “We are grateful to Indian Government for bringing back my sister,” Agnes said.

In the past month, Ms. D’Souza’s family in Kolkata had made many representations to the government, asking for help, and her brother Jerome D’Souza had met Ms. Swaraj as recently as on Friday. “Her assurances on bringing back Judith give us hope that she will be home soon,” Mr. D’Souza had tweeted after the meeting. PM Modi had also spoken to President Ashraf Ghani on the sidelines of the SCO summit on June 23-24th, making a special appeal for efforts to secure her release.

Wefornews Bureau

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