Jalandhar woman Sukhwant Kaur ‘sold, tortured’ in Saudi returns tomorrow: Sushma
Sukhwant Kaur was taken to Saudi Arabia on a three-month tourist visa. Sushma Swaraj said the Jalandhar resident would return on Wednesday at 4.15am.Updated: May 30, 2017 10:52 IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
The government has found a 55-year-old Jalandhar woman who was allegedly sold and tortured in Saudi Arabia and is sending her back to India, foreign minister Sushma Swaraj said on Monday.
Reacting to an HT story in a tweet, Swaraj said Sukhwant Kaur – who had gone to the west Asian country on a three-month tourist visa in January – would be returning on a Sharjah-Mumbai Air Arabia flight.
She is expected to reach at 4.15am on Wednesday.
Thanks for bringing this to my notice. Sukhwant Kaur is returning home on 31 May 2017 at 0415 hrs by Flt G9406. https://t.co/jOSFcmFJA8— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) May 30, 2017
Earlier this month, HT had reported how Sukhwant, a resident of Ajtani village of Nurmahal division, was taken to Saudi Arabia by a Delhi-based agent.
Her husband Kulwant Singh told HT his wife was in contact with him over phone for a week after she landed in Dubai. But a few days later, her phone was found switched off and the agent stopped taking calls.
“On May 7, my wife called me up from a hospital in Hail City of Saudi Arabia. She said the travel agent had sold her to a local resident and she was forced to work as a slave in his house and was being badly treated and even tortured,” he said.
She was admitted to hospital and the Indian embassy in Saudi Arabia assured all help to the family after Kulwant made an appeal to Sushma Swaraj on Twitter.
“My wife Sukhwant Kaur is in trouble. She wants to come back home but her passport is with a travel agent who has disappeared now,” Kulwant Singh told Hindustan Times.
First Published: May 30, 2017 10:47 IST