Indian woman sold, tortured in Saudi to return tomorrow, confirms Sushma Swaraj

Sukhwant Kaur was taken to Saudi Arabia by a Delhi-based agent where she was allegedly sold and tortured.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 30, 2017 5:32 pm
Sushma Swaraj, Saudi Arabia woman tortured, Tortured Indian to return, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj. (Source: Express Photo by Praveen Khanna, File)

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday confirmed that the 55-year-old Indian woman who was allegedly sold and tortured in Saudi Arabia will return to the country tomorrow. Taking to Twitter, she said, “Sukhwant Kaur is returning home on 31 May 2017 at 0415 hrs by Flt G9406.” Swaraj was intimated of the incident after a news report quoted Kaur’s husband, Kulwant Singh, alleging that she had travelled to the Gulf country on a three-month tourist visa in January, but was sold and tortured there.

“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 was quoted as saying in a news report by Hindustan Times. Kaur, who is originally from Jalandhar, was taken to Saudi Arabia by a Delhi-based agent.

Kulwant added that his wife had contacted him for a week from Saudi Arabia after she left India, after which her phone was switched off. He claims the agent did not pick up his called either.

(With inputs from PTI)

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  1. Ml Pandit
    May 30, 2017 at 7:58 pm
    Pl. do not p on this information to our progressives and human rights activists?
    1. anurag chauhan
      May 30, 2017 at 7:25 pm
      why don't these men and women contact local Indian embassy and fall prey to these fake agents, in spite of getting exploited time and again?
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        Ashish Singh
        May 30, 2017 at 6:11 pm
        Can't understand what role Sushmaji has been allotted - only corresponding with the concerned nations for return of Indians stuck there. She hardly goes abroad to attend Foreign Ministers conferences, as our earlier FMs used to do. That job now has been igned to the NSA. The role presently she is playing is that of a Joint Secretary in the MEA. Very sad to see a talented,good hearted lady being wasted. What a wayto take revenge.
        1. H
          May 31, 2017 at 7:47 am
          Be aware of her health... She had a kidney transplant and has been on dialysis on many years. On another note, these are the days where people "work from home" for years together while fully delivering their responsibilities. I am sure she is doing her duty from her desk while NaMo front ends for her. Also remember, NaMo is a good sman. So, it makes sense in Sushma managing the back end and NaMo managing front end. Horses for the courses.
        2. Shaji Thulasidharan
          May 30, 2017 at 6:02 pm
          We have never had an external affairs minister who has been so proactive and able to meet the expectations of the people. Salute to you madam.