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18 Apr, 2019 14:27

‘Don’t think about suicide’: Indian FM Swaraj tweets to man trapped in Saudi Arabia

‘Don’t think about suicide’: Indian FM Swaraj tweets to man trapped in Saudi Arabia

Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj regularly helps Indians living abroad who tweet her with visa issues, but on Wednesday a desperate man asked her whether she could help him or if he should just kill himself.

“Tell me one thing, can you help me or should I kill myself? It has been about 12 months that I have been pleading for help from the embassy,” the man, identified only as Ali, said in a now-deleted tweet to the foreign minister. “It would be a huge help if you can send me to India. I have four children.”

“Don’t think about suicide. We are there for you. Our embassy will help you,” Swaraj replied, while also ordering the Indian Embassy in Riyadh to investigate the man’s circumstances and desperate plea for help.

The man reportedly claimed he had no copy of his passport but instead only had an ‘iqama’ or residency permit for foreign workers.

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“There’s some problem in my family back home. It’s been 21 months since I came here and haven’t taken leave. Please help me return to India,” Ali tweeted again.

Many online lavished praise on the foreign minister, who has drawn attention in the past for going above and beyond the call of duty to help citizens in distress.

Many took the opportunity to highlight their own plights.

Ali’s plea for assistance comes at a time when shocking revelations about the reported executions of two Indian men in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia earlier this year have come to light.

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