Family members of Judith D’Souza on Saturday expressed their satisfaction after Judith who was abducted in Kabul finally returned to the country on Saturday evening. The family members had a harrowing experience following her abduction. Judith, an Indian woman who was kidnapped from Kabul in Afghanistan in June, landed in Delhi after being rescued.
Judith’s family members who stay on 114 Noni Gopal Chowdhury Avenue were anxiously waiting for her arrival in the country and kept an eye on the television set to get a glimpse of her. As soon as the television flashed her picture following her arrival at Delhi, her family members became emotional after watching her on the television.
Kolkata based Judith, a 40-year-old woman who works for Agha Khan Foundation, an international NGO as a senior technical adviser, was kidnapped on June 9 by suspected terrorists from outside her office in Kabul. Judith was in Kabul for over a year.
Agnes D’Souza, Judith’s elder sister on Saturday said that they were thankful to the External Affairs ministry for their co-operation and the role they played in the rescue operation. She also thanked External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for her help in this regard.
“We are thankful to the Indian government for getting my sister back. We are also grateful to (madam) Swaraj. We request the media to respect our privacy,” Judith’s sister Agnes said. In the same breath she told the media that the family wanted to enjoy privacy in the regard.
Judith’s elder brother Jerome D’Souza was in Delhi. Judith is likely to be flown back to Kolkata late Saturday night or on Sunday depending on the situation. Family members are eagerly waiting for her to come home.