On 10 October 2017, Aam Aadmi Party MP from Punjab Bhagwant Mann uploaded a video of a woman pleading to be rescued from Saudi Arabia, where she is allegedly being held captive.
The woman has been identified as Rina Rani, a 38-year-old from Jalandhar. In the video, a weeping Rani says that she has been held captive by two men in Saudi Arabia for a year now. She says she came to Saudi to work and earn a living, but was being abused and was not offered any food.
They lock me up inside a room and don’t let me do anything. Even the police refused to help me.
Bhagwant Mann uploaded this video saying that he needed the contact number or address or passport details of the girl.
The next day, Mann hosted a Facebook Live, thanking the people who helped him get the details of the girl. He said that he now has a copy of her passport and has approached the External Affairs Ministry to take action, and help her bring back to Punjab.
Sushma Swaraj intervened and tweeted that she had asked the Riyadh Embassy to take action.
This Reddit thread also discusses the plight of the girl.
‘This is Despicable’
(This story has been updated with the details of the woman.)
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