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Mother trafficked to Muscat, daughter seeks minister’s help 

New Delhi: The daughter of a Hyderabad woman has sought the help of India’s external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj to bring back her mother, trafficked to Muscat.

“I request MEA Sushma Swaraj, Indian embassy and Telangana government to rescue my mother,” the daughter told ANI.

Stating that an agent had approached her mother with a sales girl’s job with a salary of 15,000 rupees a month in Dubai, she informed that her mother visited Dubai on October 11 last year and stayed there for a month.

She was then moved to Muscat in Oman where the agent handed her over to a hotel. Her employer forced her to dance at a bar and was beaten when she refused.

The woman then managed to flee the hotel and reached the Indian embassy in Oman. She is currently stranded there as her passport is with her employer, who has refused to return it to the victim.

“My mother, fed up with their harassment and torture, ran away from them and stayed in a church in Muscat. She on January 4 managed to approach the Indian embassy and but is stuck there as her passport was with the employer,” she added.

Meanwhile, this is not the first incident when Indian citizens have reached out to Swaraj for help.

In June 2017, the minister had asked the Indian Embassy in Oman to resolve a case involving another Hyderabad woman who was trafficked to Oman under the pretext of a job.

Rubeena Fatima was taken to Dubai by an agent. However, after reaching Dubai, where she was kept for eight days, she was smuggled into Oman.

In January 2018, the minister helped an Indian woman get back the body of her son after he suddenly collapsed and died at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia.

Swaraj got to know of the incident after a Twitter user named Ramesh informed her about the helplessness of the woman.

“She should not worry. Indian High Commission officials are reaching the Kuala Lumpur airport. The body will be flown to India at our expense. An official of the Indian High Commission will escort the grieving mother to India,” Swaraj tweeted.

Before that, she is known to have helped a 17-year-old girl named Bhanupriya Haritwal of Jalalpur village in Rajasthan get her visa confirmed from the US Embassy so she can pursue higher education.

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