Indian woman kidnapped in Kabul, efforts on to secure release

(From PTI)

An Indian woman working for an international NGO has been kidnapped by suspected militants right outside her office in the heart of Kabul in Afghanistan and efforts are being made to secure her release.

Judith D'Souza

Judith D’Souza

Judith D’Souza, a resident of Kolkata, was abducted from Taimani area along with two other persons Thursday evening.

Judith is working for Aga Khan Foundation as senior technical adviser and was scheduled to return to India next week.

India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said the government is doing everything to rescue her.

“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.

The woman’s father D D’Souza said the family received information that three persons — Judith, a security guard and the driver of the vehicle — were abducted.

“I want my daughter back,” said a sobbing D’Souza.

“External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj rang up and spoke to me and assured that the government is making all-out efforts to bring her back,” said Judith’s sister Agnes D’Souza.

Judith was scheduled to return home Wednesday next and had rung up two days ago.
“She did not express any apprehension,” she said. “We had asked her (Judith) not to go there (Afghanistan) but she did not listen.”
Her father said Judith was working for the uplift of women and children in Afghanistan.
Chief Executive of Aga Khan Trust for Culture, India, Ratish Nanda, said efforts are being made to secure Judith’s release.

The Aga Khan Foundation is an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network and it has been working on restoration projects in the war-ravaged country.

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