Family members of Judith at present want nothing apart from a phone call from Kabul to listen to her voice saying “I am safe and secure”.
Judith staying far from house is nothing new for her family members as she had worked for various groups and institutions in places including Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and Odisha after completing her Masters in Social Work from University in Mumbai. Despite being asked by her family members not to take up any risky assignments, it was her zeal to work for the society that took her to Kabul in Afghanistan.
“We all were aware about the situation there, but she went as she loved her work the most,” said Judith’s mother Angel D’Souza adding that she wants nothing apart from the safe return of her daughter.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj spoke to the sister of Judith and later tweeted that “We will spare no efforts to rescue her.” Ina reply to a post of Derek O’Brien, who also requested updated on the incident in a tweet, Swaraj tweeted that “We are doing everything to rescue her”. Another tweet of her reads as “She is your sister and India’s daughter. We are doing everything to rescue her. Please take care of your sick father”.
Judith’s aged father Denzile D’Souza is suffering from kidney ailments and has to undergo dialysis.
Her sister had been constantly in touch with Delhi to get minute to minute updates about the steps that were been taken to ensure a safe return of Judith who had been working as social and environment worker for the past fifteen years. Some teenage boys and girls outside the house were found reading the posts of Judith in her Facebook account in which she had posted on different social issues. The most interesting post is the one in which she wrote that “Snoopy is a better guard than what we have here in Kabul” followed by an illustration in which Snoopy, Charlie Brown’s pet beagle in the comic strip Peanuts, was engaged to catch robbers.
A large section of their neighbours have come together and stood with the family. The aged people were almost also in tears when they came to know about the abduction. Along with the family members residents of 52, CIT Road at Entally are waiting anxiously for a safe return of Judith. Recollecting old memories, an elderly person said that he had seen her going to school as a little child and she had an inborn quality of making friends within a very short time. Judith had studied in Loreto Day School and later passed out from St Xavier’s College with Honours in English.
“She came to meet everyone of the apartment on the day she had left the city for Mumbai for higher studies. She used to distribute chocolates among children and elderly people in the residential complex whenever she returned home after a long time,” the residents of the apartment recollected.
She was about to return to her Kolkata home on Wednesday with a month’s leave. Now, each and every one of the country, along with her family members are praying for her safe return.