Family of Indian woman kidnapped in Kabul, pray for safe return


New Delhi : Family members of Judith D'Souza, who was abducted from Taimani area of Kabul, on Friday said External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj has assured them of making all-out efforts to bring her back. Judith is working for Aga Khan Foundation as senior technical adviser and was scheduled to return to India next week.

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj spoke to Judith's family, assuring them that Indian government was proactive in this matter. "Our embassy is in touch with senior Afghan authorities and the government is also in touch with her family in Kolkata. All efforts are being made by the Afghan authorities to secure her early release," an official source said.

Judith sister Agnes said, "We had asked her (Judith) not to go there but she did not listen." Their father said efforts were made to contact Aga Khan Foundation with which Judith works. "We have sent an e-mail to them." He said his daughter was working for uplifting the condition of women and children there. Meanwhile, Trinamool Congress MP Derek O'Brien said he spoke to the family of the abducted woman and contacted External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. "@SushmaSwaraj Ji, I spoke to father & sister of lady from #Kolkata abducted in Afghanistan. Request updates pl from your office (sic)," he tweeted.

Meanwhile, Indian agencies are trying to locate her, as her mobile phone was switched on for some time after the kidnapping. Indian embassy in Kabul had given an alert to the Indians in Afghanistan about the risk of being kidnapped, according to an advisory issued by the embassy.