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Woman trapped in Saudi Arabia; kin seek travel agent’s arrest

Paramjit Kaur’s husband Malkeet Ram said that external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj had assurance in November to ensure her return, but nothing had happened.

punjab Updated: Dec 19, 2017 12:33 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
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Paramjit Kaur,39, of Gorsiya Nihal, 46 km from here, was allegedly sold and made to work as a slave in Hail City of Saudi Arabia, one of her family member said. (HT File )

The family of Paramjit Kaur, allegedly sold and trapped in Saudi Arabia, has demanded arrest of travel Resham Bhatti ,who was booked under sections 370 (buying or disposing of any person as a slave), 420 (cheating) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) in September.

The family members met senior superintendent of police (SSP) Gurpreet Singh Bhullar on Monday demanding the travel agent’s arrest and help in the return of Kaur back home.

Paramjit Kaur,39, of Gorsiya Nihal, 46 km from here, was allegedly sold and made to work as a slave in Hail City of Saudi Arabia, one of her family member said.

Kaur’s husband, Malkeet Ram said that the travel agent, who also belong to their village, had promised a job to her in Saudi Arabia saying that his wife too worked there and she would get a salary of Rs 40,000 there.

She had gone to Saudi Arabia on July 13.

They said they had last talked to her on phone on August 21. She had told them that her passport was kept by her employer, and she was not allowed to move out of the house.

First the travel agent had handed him a copy of air ticket on November 8 claiming that Paramjit will return home on November 25. But, the tickets were found fake and Paramjit did not return.

He had again promised that she will return on December 18 and had again shown them the air tickets, which could again be false . She did not return this time too.

Ram said that external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj had assurance in November to ensure her return. But nothing happened. Now the external ministry is demanding 30,000 Saudi Riyal as travel expenses.

“We are poor and cannot arrange this much amount. We are already in huge debt after sending Paramjit to Saudi Arabia,” her husband said. SSP Bhullar said that the accused travel agent will be nabbed soon.

Earlier, Jalandhar MP Santokh Singh Chaudhary had written a letter to external affairs minister Swaraj seeking her help to bring back Paramjit safely.

First Published: Dec 19, 2017 12:21 IST