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Judith D'Souza meets PM Modi and Sushma Swaraj upon her arrival in India


Judith D'Souza, the 40-year-old Indian woman abducted in Kabul on 9 June, was rescued and brought back to India on Saturday. She met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Prime Minister Narendra Modi upon her arrival. Swaraj announced the news of her arrival early on Saturday on Twitter.

Judith was received by Swaraj and Minister of State for External Affairs General VK Singh. Swaraj tweeted, "Our daughter Judith D'Souza is back with us."

Judith also met Modi at 7 RCR, who as Swaraj claims, had talked to Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani four times regarding her release status.

Swaraj on Saturday thanked Afghanistan for their help and support in securing Judith's release. She applauded India's ambassador to Afghan, Manpreet Vohra, for doing an "outstanding job".

Judith's brother Jerome D'Souza too took to Twitter to thank the Indian government and the people for their wishes. He also announced that she will return home on Saturday evening.

The motive of her abduction was deduced to be ransom and the Taliban had no hand in her kidnapping, as was suspected by many. She was reportedly kept in the Shomali plains, close to the house of the two men in custody.

Jerome said, "I am grateful to the Government of India and particularly to the tireless efforts of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj."

The Indian authorities were constantly in touch with the Afghan government to secure Judith's release. The authorities were also in touch with her family.

Judith was working as a senior technical advisor for an NGO Aga Khan Development Network in Kabul. After she went "missing" on 9 June, Judith's father received a call from the Indian Embassy in Kabul informing him that his daughter has “in all probability been abducted," Firstpost had reported.

He was informed that three persons – Judith, a security guard, and the driver of the vehicle –were abducted. However, The Hindu reported that the two men were let off because they were Afghan and Judith was asked if she was a "foreigner". However, her abduction made the police suspicious and the two men, who were released were taken into custody. Interrogating the men revealed significant details about the abduction and Judith's whereabouts.

First Published On : Jul 24, 2016 09:56 IST

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