Kulsum Banu (ANI Photo)
A Hyderabad woman, who was trafficked to Oman by an Indian agent named Abrar on the pretext of a beautician’s job, has finally returned home after five months. Kulsum Banu was made false promises that she will get a job and Rs 30,000 per month salary in the gulf country. After returning home, Banu thanked the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and the Indian Embassy in Oman for ensuring her safety and helping her return to the country.
"My daughter has 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. 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," news agency ANI quoted her as saying.
Narrating the ordeal she underwent in Oman, Banu said that Abrar promised her a job but when she reached the country, he handed her over to a local agent, who locked her in a room for around 10 days without food.
She, somehow, escaped and approached the Indian Embassy in Oman, where officials kept her for four months to ensure her safety and security. From there, she contacted her daughter and narrated her story, who then reached out to the external affairs minister for the help.
"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. He (Abrar) also said that I will be paid Rs 30,000 per month as salary in Muscat.
“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.