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Sushma Swaraj lends helping hand to tortured Indian men in Saudi Arabia


New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj assured on Thursday that the three Indian men, who were subjected to tortured by their employer in Saudi Arabia, is expected to return to India within a week.

The victim fell prey of a fake placement agency who lured them with jobs in Saudi Arabia.

The video of the three Indian getting bashed by their Saudi master went viral on social media platforms on Wednesday.  The video showed that a Saudi man beating the three men with a wooden plank

“We reported this to Saudi Police. We are in touch with Indian workers. They will be back in India within a week,” Swaraj tweeted today.

Swaraj further claimed that necessary legal moves had been initiated on Wednesday and the three were under police protection.

She assured all out assistance from the Indian government on the issue.

“We have approached the police and got them police protection. We will follow this up,” Swaraj tweeted.

The speedy initiative by theSushma Swaraj and her ministry was lauded by all quarters.

However, this was not the first instance when the External Affairs Ministry got involved to take up the case of Indian national in distress in foreign countries.

Earlier, the External Affair Minister’s dynamic moves facilitated the rescue a woman in August.

Similarly, the news of the distress was posted in social media. The victim was lured with the job of an air-hostess in UAE.

It might be mentioned that Swaraj led her helping hand once again to 14 stranded Indians  in Malaysia. They too were also lured with lucrative job offers.

Notably, the illegal and fake job agencies have associates in Muslim majority countries where human trafficking is rampant.

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India’s Diwali Promise, Medical Visas to All Deserving

Shushma Swaraj
External Affairs Minister Shushma Swaraj. IANS

New Delhi, October 19: Marking the auspicious occasion of Diwali, India on Thursday made a Diwali promise medical visas all those people abroad, including in Pakistan, seeking treatment.

“On the auspicious occasion of Deepawali, India will grant a medical visa in all deserving cases pending today,” External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted.

Keeping to a promise made on Independence Day, India on Wednesday issued six more medical visas to Pakistani nationals, including three children.

“We will issue visa to facilitate treatment of your eight-year-old child in India,” Sushma Swaraj tweeted on Wednesday night in response to a request from Nazir Ahmed who said that his son Mohammad Ahmed was awaiting a medical visa from India for one year.

In a separate tweet, she also promised a visa to Muhammad Asif Malik’s son, who is currently in an intensive care unit (ICU) in children’s hospital in Lahore, and to Kasif Chacha’s child who is running out of medicine.

Visas were also issued to Irfan Ahmed Shaikh, Nasir Mahmood and the mother of Rafique Menon for liver surgeries.

This month, Sushma Swaraj has announced the issuance of 19 medical visas to Pakistanis for treatment in India as Diwali promise.

Last month, India issued a medical visa to a Pakistani child seeking open heart surgery.

On Independence Day, the External Affairs Ministry made a Diwali promise that India would provide medical visas to all bonafide Pakistani patients.

As ties between the two countries soured over various issues, the ministry had announced in May that only a letter of recommendation by then Pakistan Prime Minister’s Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz would enable a Pakistani national to get a medical visa for India.

The action was termed “highly regrettable” by Islamabad, which said that asking for such a letter violated diplomatic norms and such a requirement had not been prescribed for any other country.

However, on July 18, a patient from Pakistan-administered Kashmir, seeking treatment in New Delhi for a liver tumor, got a visa.

Sushma Swaraj then said that he needed no recommendation from the Pakistani government for a medical visa because the territory “is an integral part of India”.

Since August 15, however, Pakistani nationals seeking medical treatment have not been denied visas.(IANS)