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Jalandhar woman tortured in Saudi Arabia on way back home; family to receive her in Amritsar

Union external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted on Tuesday morning that Sukhwant, a resident of Ajtani village in Nurmahal, was returning from Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.
“Sat Sri Akal Sardar ji,”a relieved Sukhwant Kaur said to her husband, Kulwant Singh minutes after she landed at Mumbai airport on Wednesday morning from Saudi Arabia, where she was sold to work as a slave by a dubious agent and tortured for five months.
An emotional Kulwant later said that words failed him and he was heading to Amritsar airport to receive his wife, who was being flown in by the Indian embassy on Wednesday afternoon.
The family reunion at Amritsar airport comes a day after Union external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted about Sukhwant’s rescue and return.
“Sukhwant asked about my health and our daughter Ranjeet. She told me to head for Amritsar soon as she can’t wait to see us,” said an emotional Kulwant.
Their daughter Ranjeet, who is a mother of two, said, “We had lost all hope of seeing her again in this life so you can imagine how grateful we are. I was not able to see my mother before she left for Saudi Arabia but now I’m going to welcome her back.”
Jagdish Singh, a former sarpanch of Sukhwant’s Ajtani village in Nurmahal, said that the village is eagerly awaiting her return. “It’s a happy homecoming after months of tension,” he said.
Hindustan Times was the first to highlight Sukhwant’s plight.
In January, Sukhwant left for Saudi Arabia on a three-month visa procured by a Delhi-based agent, who later sold her as a slave.

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