Swaraj asks Indian envoy in Saudi to aid K’taka nurse pushed into slavery

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday asked the Indian envoy in Saudi Arabia to help a nurse from Karnataka who has reportedly been pushed into slavery in the Gulf country.

"Javed : Pls help rescue this lady. @IndianEmbRiyadh," Swaraj tweeted, asking India's Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Ahmad Javed to help Jacintha Mendonca, the Indian nurse.

Javed : Pls help rescue this lady. @IndianEmbRiyadh https://t.co/tUdMgGu1YF

— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) June 23, 2017

As per media reports, a kafil in Saudi Arabia has demanded 24,000 Saudi Riyals (USD 6,398) to free her.

Replying to a separate query on twitter, Swaraj said every PIO (person of Indian-origin) cards has to be converted to OCI (Overseas Citizenship of India) cards, saying it is mandatory.

Every PIO Card has to be converted to OCI Card. This is mandatory. https://t.co/wZFSmtz9Oh

— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) June 23, 2017

She also directed the passport division of the External Affairs Ministry to resolve difficulties being faced by a person with disability.

Her response came after one Luv Kher requested to renew a passport of his disabled son.

"@SushmaSwaraj @MEAIndia Kindly approve passport renewal of my divyang son (J9503328), can't visit biometrics. Appl. pending @ RPO GZB Thanks (sic)," Kher said.

I have asked @CPVIndia to resolve this. https://t.co/Goy5G1vnVj

— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) June 23, 2017

Responding to the issue Swaraj tweeted, "I have asked @CPVIndia to resolve this".

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