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New Delhi: Sushma Swaraj, External Affairs Minister of India, while making a visit to Egypt on August 25, last year, met six Indian seamen who were being held there on the charge of drug-trafficking. And it is known that she did raise the issue with the Egyptian Foreign minister.

These men were en route from UAE to Egypt while being employed on a Greek-owned ship, named Callisto.

In February 2014, the Captain and the rest of the crew were accused of being smugglers and were arrested near the Red Sea resort of Hurghada, Egypt.

The seamen remained jailed for two whole years and were finally released on this Wednesday.

They again met up with Swaraj on their return, as MAE spokesperson, Vikas Swarup tweeted with a picture of them:

“Continuing help to Indians in distress abroad. EAM @SushmaSwaraj meets 6 seamen who have returned from Egypt.”

With the help of the government, these people were able to return to India. They thanked the ministry of External affairs to intervene and get all of them safe back to India.(Input from agencies)

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India Gets Its Sex Offender Registry

The latest statistics from India's National Crime Records Bureau show the number of sexual crimes rose 12 percent between 2015 and 2016.

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People hold placards at a rally condemning the rapes of two girls, aged 8 and 11, in Ahmedabad, India
People hold placards at a rally condemning the rapes of two girls, aged 8 and 11, in Ahmedabad, India. VOA

India has launched a sex offender registry. The establishment of the database comes as the country is experiencing a daily wave of sexual crimes.

The information in the registry, however, will only be available to law enforcement officials. In contrast, in the United States, the public has access to information in sex offender registries.

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Indian women participate in a candle light vigil at a bus stop where the victim of a deadly gang rape in a moving bus had boarded the bus two years ago, in New Delhi, India. VOA

A home ministry statement said the 440,000 names in the Indian database includes people convicted of rape, gang rape, child sex crimes and sexual harassment. The registry also includes photos of the offenders, plus their addresses and fingerprints.

The latest statistics from India’s National Crime Records Bureau show the number of sexual crimes rose 12 percent between 2015 and 2016. The figures for 2016 show there were more than 100 reported rape cases in India every day. (VOA)

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