Judith D’Souza, an Indian national, late on Thursday, was kidnapped by unknown gunmen near Qala Fattulah area in Kabul, security officials confirmed. According to reports, the 40-year-old woman is an employee of Agha Khan network, an NGO.
The Indian Embassy is in touch with senior Afghan authorities and the government is also in touch also with her family in Kolkata. All efforts are being made by Afghan authorities to secure her early release.
The incident took place in the vicinity of Qala-e-Fatullah area of the city where numerous kidnap incidents have taken place in the past.
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the kidnapping.
In response to a tweet from her sister, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said that the government is “doing everything to rescue her.”
Sources said all efforts are being made by Afghan authorities to secure Ms D’Souza’s early release.
The D’Souzas had received a phone call from the Indian embassy early on Friday morning, informing them of the abduction. Shocked and traumatised, they now pray for her safe return home, and are trying to talk to the central and state government for her release.
“We received a call at around 1:30 am by the Embassy officials. We were told that three persons have been abducted – my daughter, the driver and the security guard. Thereafter, there has been no news, and no phone calls from the government. We are all very tense and anxious. We just want her to return safely home,” said Denzel D’Souza, Judith’s father.
“We got a call from the Indian Embassy, Afghanistan that Judith has been abducted around 1.30 am this morning. It’s been over 12 hours and we are yet to hear from the Bengal state government,” said Agnes, sister of Judith.