Sushma Swaraj Rescued Hyderabadi Woman From KSA in Just 72Hrs, She Was Sold To Saudi Man For Rs 3 Lakh by Agents

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Salma Begum was allegedly sent to Saudi Arabia by two agents identified as Akram and Shafi of the same locality on January 21, 2017 on a housemaid visa. But later she was forced by her Kafeel to make a contract marriage.

Hyderabad : A 39-year-old woman from Hyderabad, who was deceivingly sold to a sponsor (kafeel) in Saudi Arabia and was reportedly, facing mental and physical harassment will now return India very soon after Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj stepped in on 24th April to rescue her.

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She tweeted today “Indian national Salma Begum has been rescued. She is reaching Mumbai by flight G9406 at 04.15 am on 28 April 2017.

She thanked Indian Embassy in Saudi Arabia for resolving this issue with in 72 hours. “I appreciate the efforts of for resolving this in just 72 hours.” she tweeted

According to reports, Salma Begum, 39, a resident of Babanagar ‘C’ block was allegedly sent to Saudi Arabia by two agents identified as Akram and Shafi of the same locality on January 21, 2017 on a housemaid visa. But later it was revealed that she was allegedly sold by the agents for Rs 3 lakhs.

Salma started sending messages to her daughter in Hyderabad to rescue her, she accused her kafeel for physically and mentally torture. “The torture started when she denied to a contract marriage with her kafeel in Saudi Arabia. She, however, informed me sending a message that she was sold by the agents. Now, the kafeel does not want to send her back,” Sameena was quoted as saying.

Sushma Swaraj came to know about this incident on 24th April and she assured to help Salma as soon as possible.

The GCC countries -Bahrain, Kuwait,Oman,Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE – manage its “temporary” migrant workforce through the sponsorship or Kafala system. Under this system, a local citizen or local company (the kafeel) must sponsor foreign workers in order for their work visas and residency to be valid. This means that an individual’s right to work and legal presence in the host country is dependent on his or her employer, rendering him or her vulnerable to exploitation.

with PTI inputs

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