Judith D’Souza, the 40-year-old working for the Aga Khan Foundation as senior technical adviser, was kidnapped from outside her office in Kabul on June 9. Judith’s family had last month written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging his intervention in ensuring that she is reunited with them. Modi had requested Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to expedite efforts to secure Judith’s release.
Earlier in June, Judith’s family said they were satisfied by the government’s efforts. “On a regular basis we have conversation with MEA (Ministry of External Affairs) officials thrice a day. They are very cooperative. They share with us some information which is only for the consumption of my parents and family. We can’t share that. But all I can say is, we are happy with the efforts made by the Indian and Afghanistan government to bring my sister back,” Judith’s brother Jerome told reporters.
Judith’s work took her across the world, to Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Kyrgyzstan, Mauritius and Nepal. Before becoming a gender specialist, she worked on child rights, climate change and several other social issues. A mix of Christian upbringing and school education led Judith to choose social work as a full-time career.