Hyderabad: A woman from Hyderabad who was allegedly trafficked to Oman was rescued after a period of five months. Identified as Kulsum Banu, the woman was kidnapped on the pretext of a job offer.
Banu reportedly said, “I was in search of a job and an agent named Abrar had approached me and offered me the job of a beautician in the parlour.” She added that Abrar had agreed to pay her a sum of Rs 30,000 per month as salary for working in Muscat.
Upon her arrival from Oman, a relieved Banu thanked External Affairs Ministers Sushma Swaraj and Indian Embassy for helping her.
“My daughter had complained about the matter to EAM Sushma Swaraj through a letter. After that, Indian Embassy paid a fine amounting to a sum of five thousand Riyal which was imposed on me and sent me back to India,” said Banu, adding that, “I reached Hyderabad on May 8 with the help of EAM Sushma Swaraj and Indian Embassy in Oman. I would like to thank Sushma Swaraj and Indian Embassy.”
The woman was sent to Muscat on December 17, 2018, after she agreed to work as a beautician. However, she was asked to work as a housemaid instead. Banu said, “Even then, I worked for one month and later I refused to work there.”
According to Banu, her employers handed her over to a local agent in Muscat who took her to his home. She alleged that the agent locked her in a room for ten days without food and also thrashed her several times.
“Later, I approached Indian Embassy there. The officials kept me in the embassy for four months. Then I contacted my daughter and explained to her my problem,” she said.