An Indian aid worker, working as an advisor for the Aga Khan Developmental Network, was abducted on Thursday evening from Kabul. The Indian Embassy is working with Afghan authorities to ensure her safe release.

From the New Indian Express

Judith D’Souza, Indian NGO worker from Kolkata kidnapped in Kabul

The kidnapped woman is Judith D’Souza, 40, working as a senior technical advisor on gender with the Aga Khan Developmental Network in Kabul, sources in New Delhi said.

D’Souza was kidnapped late on Thursday, the sources said. No group immediately claimed responsibility for her abduction.

The Indian embassy in Kabul is in touch with senior Afghan authorities and the government, the sources said, adding that officials in Delhi were also in contact with her family in Kolkata.

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From the Indian Express

Judith D’Souza: Kolkata woman abducted in Kabul has 15 years experience in social sector

Forty-year-old Judith D’Souza was abducted in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thursday night from the vicinity of Qala-e-Fatullah area of the city. Government sources have indicated that the Indian embassy is working to ensure her release. They are also in touch with her family.

According to her LinkedIn profile, D’Souza had been working with the NGO, Aga Khan Foundation in Kabul as a senior technical adviser since July 2015. Before moving to Kabul, she had close to fifteen years of experience as a social and environmental specialist in West Bengal, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and Odisha. 

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From the International Business Times

Organised crime cartel behind Judith D’Souza’s abduction in Kabul?

The abduction of Judith D’Souza, the Indian aid worker for the Aga Khan Foundation, in Kabul’s Taimani area on June 10, is believed to be the handiwork of one of the several organised crime cartels involved in kidnapping foreign nationals over the years, the Indian Express reported. Currently, the Afghan security forces are investigating D’Souza’s disappearance, who is thought to have got abducted while she was returning from work.

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