NEW DELHI: Salma Begum, a resident of Hyderabad who was reportedly ‘sold and tortured’ in Saudi Arabia, has been rescued by authorities and will be returning to India soon, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said on Thursday.
“Indian national Salma Begum has been rescued. She is reaching Mumbai by flight G9406 at 04.15am on 28 April 2017,” Swaraj said in a tweet.
The foreign minister commended the Indian Embassy in the Saudi capital for ensuring Salma’s expeditious repatriation since she’d raised the issue to them on April 24.
“I appreciate the efforts of Indian Embassy in Riyadh for resolving this in just 72 hours,” she tweeted.
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TOI had first reported the plight of Salma Begum, who had been tricked and sold to her kafeel (sponsor) in the middle-eastern country after she had gone there on a migrant worker visa.
In an audio message to her daughter, Salma had revealed that the agents who had arranged her visa had sold her to the kafeel for 3 lakh. Moreover, the kafeel began exorting her for marriage and when she refused, he subjected her to mental and physical harassment.
Salma had also appealed to the Indian government to bring her back to India,