Being tortured in Saudi Arabia, says Punjab woman. Sends SOS, Sushma Swaraj responds

She appealed to Sangrur MP (Aam Aadmi Party) Bhagwant Mann to rescue her. Photograph:( WION Web Team )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 11, 2017, 08.07 AM (IST)

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj has asked the Indian Embassy in Riyadh to respond to a video of a woman from Punjab in which she alleges torture by her employers in Saudi Arabia and asks AAP parliamentarian Bhagwant Mann for help.

"Javed - please reach her at the earliest," the external affairs minister wrote on Twitter in an apparent reference to the Indian embassy in Riyadh.

In the video, gone viral on social media, the distraught woman alleges that she has been physically abused by her employers and forced to work as a slave by her employers. She alleges she has been staying in Saudi Arabia's Dawadmi city since a year. She says she fears for her life and repeatedly asks AAP Member of Parliament Bhagwant Mann to rescue her citing the example of a girl from Hoshiarpur whom he rescued previously.

She says even the police did not co-operate with her when she managed to escape from employment and ill-treated her by kicking her out of the station.

Speaking in Punjabi, tears rolling down her face, the young woman says she has children and that her own mother is unwell and has to undergo an operation.

She also warns men and women from Punjab not to come to Saudi Arabia for work and says employers there are very cruel.


 

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In the video, gone viral on social media, the distraught woman alleges that she has been physically abused by her employers and forced to work as a slave in the city of Dawadmi

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