External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj may still be under treatment after kidney operation but it has not deterred her in helping Indians in distress abroad.
Swaraj has directed Indian Embassy in Saudi Arabia to take up with the Saudi government the arrest of an Indian engineer from Telangana for allegedly posting a “blasphemous” photo on social media.
Poonam, an agricultural engineer in his 40s, was arrested in Riyadh after photoshopping Lord Shiva onto a photograph of the Kabaa.
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Many in the country were ouraged at the apparently sacrilegious infringement on the sanctity of Islam’s holiest place.
“He offended the sentiments of Muslims by posting on social media the photo of a Hindu deity sitting atop the Holy Kaaba. His act triggered a social media outcry and condemnation,” said Col. Fawaz Al-Maiman, spokesman for Riyadh police.
Poonam is from Jagtial district in Telangana and is an employee with a farm in Tameer district of Al-Majmaah region.
Sushma Swaraj, who underwent a kidney transplant last month, is well-known for using social media to connect with, and help citizens in need of her ministry’s help.
Even while she was recuperating in the hospital, Swaraj continued to promptly respond to pleas for helping Indians abroad.