July 24, 2016 5:23:04 am
On June 9, Juduth D’Souza family in Kolkata’s Entally area received a call around 1.30 am that shattered their peace. The call was from the Indian Embassy in Kabul, informing them that 40-year-old Judith had been abducted in Kabul where she had been working as senior technical adviser with the Aga Khan Foundation.
The family was watching the news Saturday morning, when they found out Judith had been released and was on the way home, after 44 days fraught with fear and uncertainty.
“My brother Jerome had met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj just a day ago and she had assured him that the government was doing everything possible to secure Judith’s release,” said Agnes, Judith’s elder sister.
“We are extremely grateful to the Indian government, and in particular to Swaraj, for bringing my sister home. But we request everyone, especially the media, to respect our privacy at this time,” she added.
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It was not immediately known who Judith’s captors were or how she was rescued. She was abducted along with two others. Judith’s work took her to countries like Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Kyrgystan, Mauritius, and Nepal.
Before becoming a gender specialist, Judith had worked on child rights and climate change issues. Judith had been working in Kabul with the Aga Khan Foundation for the past year and this had been her second stint in the Afghan capital.
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