Thanks To Government’s Efforts, Judith D’Souza Rescued From Militant Captivity

Judith D’Souza, the 40-year-old Indian woman who was kidnapped in Kabul on June 9, has been rescued thanks to the efforts of the Indian and Afghan governments.

On July 23, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj took to twitter announcing the release of Judith from the captivity of militants.


Judith works with the Aga Khan Foundation as a senior technical adviser. She was kidnapped outside her office Kabul.


Sushma thanked authorities in Afghanistan for helping in Judith’s rescue. At the same time, she also praised Indian Ambassador to Afghanistan Manpreet Vohra for spearheading the rescue effort.


Judith D'suza, (sitting left) with her family members. Express Photo by Subham Dutta

Judith D’suza, (sitting left) with her family members. Express Photo by Subham Dutta

Judith’s family which resides in Kolkata were overjoyed at the news and expressed thanks to both the Indian Government.


Her family had also requested the Indian PM to help in her release. PM Modi had then taken up the matter with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani requesting him to expedite the rescue efforts.

She was kidnapped by local militants for ransom. The militants are now in custody.

Judith will be back in India later in the evening today with Ambassador Vohra.

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