An Indian woman Judith D’Souza, an NGO worker who was kidnapped from Kabul in Afghanistan, has been rescued, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday.
40-year-old Judith, who works for the Agha Khan Foundation as senior technical adviser, was kidnapped on June 9 by suspected terrorists from outside her office in the heart of Kabul.
I am happy to inform you that Judith D'souza has been rescued. @jeromedsouza— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) July 23, 2016
I have spoken to Judith. She is reaching Delhi this evening. Ambassador @VohraManpreet is accompanying her.— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) July 23, 2016
She was on her second stint in the Afghan capital and was to come home to Kolkata on June 15.
The brother of the Kolkata girl met Swaraj in Delhi on Friday and had appealed to her to ensure his sister’s safe return.
Her family had also written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to do his utmost to secure her release. Modi had requested Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to expedite efforts to secure Judith’s release.
In May, the Indian embassy in Kabul had warned Indian citizens in Afghanistan to review their security and to avoid areas frequented by foreigners because of the possibility of terror attacks and hostage-taking.
“The embassy advises all Indians in Afghanistan to live and work with adequate security precautions. All should review their personal security plans, take appropriate steps to enhance personal safety, remain aware of surroundings, monitor local media for updates, and maintain a high level of vigilance,” the alert from the Indian mission had said.
Swaraj also lauded the efforts made by India’s Ambassador to Afghanistan Manpreet Vohra in securing Judith’s release.
(With PTI inputs)