Abducted Indian aid worker rescued in Afghanistan

RSTV Bureau
Judith D'Souza, 40, who worked for Aga Khan Foundation was kidnapped from outside his office in Kabul on June 09 this year.

Judith D’Souza, 40, who worked for Aga Khan Foundation was kidnapped from outside his office in Kabul on June 09 this year.

Judith D’Souza, an Indian aid worker who was kidnapped in Kabul last month by suspected militants, has been rescued, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said Friday.

The 40-year-old woman, who works for Aga Khan Foundation as a senior technical adviser, was kidnapped outside her office in the heart of Kabul on June 9.

“I am happy to inform you that Judith D’Souza has been rescued,” Swaraj tweeted.

She also thanked Afghan authorities for securing her release. “Thank you Afghanistan – for all your help and support in rescuing #Judith.”

The External Affairs Ministry was in constant touch with Afghan authorities to ensure the safe release of Judith, who hails from Kolkata.

“Judith D’Souza is with us – safe and in good spirits. She will reach her Motherland at the earliest. Vande Mataram,” Swaraj said, adding she has spoken to Judith.

It was not immediately known who were Judith’s captors and how she was rescued. She was abducted along with two other persons.

The External Affairs Minister also lauded the efforts made by India’s Ambassador to Afghanistan Manpreet Vohra in ensuring Judith’s release.

In Kolkata, her family thanked the government for its efforts to secure her release.

“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,” Judith’s sister Agnes told reporters.

Her family had last month written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging his intervention in ensuring her release.

In the letter, the family members had said that the “brave, thoughtful, generous and compassionate” Judith had been working in Afghanistan for the well-being of the Afghan people and “as an ambassador of goodwill from India’s people”.

During a meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on the sidelines of the annual summit of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation in Tashkent last month, Modi had requested the latter’s intervention in securing Judith’s release.