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Indian Girl Abducted in Kabul Returns, Meets Sushma Swaraj, Modi

Judith D’Souza is an employee of the international NGO Aga Khan Development Network and was working out of Kabul.

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File photo of Judith D’Souza, who was abducted in Kabul (Photo: PTI)

Judith D’Souza who was kidnapped in Kabul last month, returned to India on Saturday.

On returning, Judith met with Sushma Swaraj and has now arrived at 7 RCR to meet Prime Minister Modi as well.

(Photo Courtesy: ANI)
(Photo Courtesy: ANI)
We are thankful to the Indian government for the rescue of our sister. We are now waiting for her to be back home. We would request the media to respect our privacy 
Agnes, Judith’s sister.  

40-year-old Judith D’Souza, who was abducted in Kabul, Afghanistan was believed to be held by an organised crime cartel, reported The Indian Express.

It was also reported that two men were detained for questioning in the case.

Meanwhile, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that she was regularly in touch with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj regarding Judith’s safe return to India.

TMC MP Derek O’Brien also spoke to Judith’s family and also contacted the External Affairs Minister.

D’Souza, who is a resident of Kolkata, is a gender specialist with the Aga Khan Foundation, which is part of the Aga Khan Development Network.

India’s Ambassador to Afghanistan Manpreet Vohra met with top security officials in Kabul on Friday as part of a massive hunt for D’Souza.

No group claimed responsibility for the abduction but it is feared that she may have been kidnapped by a criminal gang in Kabul motivated by ransom, according to Afghan officials.

External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj responded on Twitter.

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D’Souza’s mother spoke to ANI and said she only wanted the government to work towards bringing her daughter back home safely.

Judith D’Souza’s mother. (Photo: ANI)
Judith D’Souza’s mother. (Photo: ANI)
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D’Souza’s sister had been speaking to the media in Kolkata.

External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj rang up and spoke to me and assured that the government is making all-out efforts to bring her back. It happened in a different country. The government of that country should take steps. The government of India must do something and get my sister back.

Judith’s family was informed about the development by the Indian embassy in Kabul. Judith never alluded to any danger, her sister said.

She has been abroad before but this is the first time this has happened.
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Judith D’Souza along with her family. (Photo: ANI)
Judith D’Souza along with her family. (Photo: ANI)
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Her well-wishers launched an appeal on social media networking pages for Judith’s safe release using #bringbackjudith.

An online petition was also launched on Change.org for the release of the “Indian development worker... who went (to Afghanistan) to serve humanity.”

The Indian Embassy was in touch with senior Afghan authorities while the government was in touch with her family.

The Indian embassy, earlier last month, issued a security alert for its citizens residing in or travelling to Afghanistan, “All Indians residing and travelling to Afghanistan are advised that the security situation in the country remains highly volatile.”

(With agency inputs.)

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