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Kidnapped in Kabul, Judith's anxious family hopeful of her safe return

Harrowing times continue for the D’Souza family as there was no specific information till Sunday about their daughter Judith.

Published: 13th June 2016 05:47 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th June 2016 05:47 AM   |  A+A-

KOLKATA: Harrowing times continue for the D’Souza family as there was no specific information till Sunday about their daughter Judith, who was kidnapped on Thursday night from Kabul in Afghanistan.

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Judith’s brother Jerome, who works in the social development sector in Bengaluru, reached the city on Saturday. “We want the Prime Minister to intervene. I am in touch with the PMO. Our ambassador in Kabul, the Aga Khan Foundation for which Judith worked and the MEA are in touch with us daily,” Jerome said.

“They said there are some clues, but in the interest of Judith’s security, they cannot divulge them to us. Media reports about my sister being kidnapped by criminals and not any organisation were mere assumptions and conjectures. At any cost, we want her to return safely and we are happy with the Centre’s attempts to free her,” he said.

Meanwhile, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury visited the D’Souza family at their residence at Entally and assured them of all help.  “There are three theories. The kidnapping might have been done by Taliban or the IS or some criminal elements. The Indian Mission in Kabul as well as the Centre are in touch with the family. I have assured them of all help as I am a member of the MEA’s consultative committee,” Yechury said.

West Bengal Congress president and Lok Sabha MP Adhir Chowdhury on Sunday wrote to the President, Prime Minister and  Minister for External Affairs seeking intervention to secure the release of the 39-year-old social worker, who works on gender equality.

However, the kidnappers released the driver, who is being grilled by the Afghanistan security agencies. Till date, neither Taliban nor IS in Afghanistan claimed responsibility for her kidnapping.



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