Indian woman kidnapped in Kabul rescued, tweets Sushma Swaraj


Judith D’Souza, an Indian woman kidnapped last month from Kabul in Afghanistan by suspected militants, has been rescued, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj has said.

“I am happy to inform you that Judith D’Souza has been rescued,” Swaraj tweeted this morning.

40-year-old Judith D’Souza, who works for Aga Khan Foundation as a senior technical adviser, was kidnapped outside her office in the heart of Kabul on June 9.

She also thanked Afghan authorities for their “help and support” in securing Judith’s release.

The External Affairs Ministry was in constant touch with Afghan authorities to ensure a safe release for Judith, a resident of Kolkata.

Swaraj also lauded the efforts made by India’s Ambassador to Afghanistan Manpreet Vohra in securing Judith’s release.

Judith’s family had last month written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging his intervention in ensuring that she is reunited with them.

Modi had requested Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to expedite efforts to secure Judith’s release.