Feb 122018

Actress Mallika Sherawat has reached out to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, urging her to help in facilitation of an Indian visa for a co-founder of the NGO Free-A-Girl

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Actress Mallika Sherawat has reached out to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, urging her to help in facilitation of an Indian visa for a co-founder of the NGO Free-A-Girl. Mallika has made the request for Evelien Holsken, co-founder of the NGO, as her visa application has been repeatedly rejected. The actress works closely with Free-A-Girl India, which fights against human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of children in India. “Ma’am Sushma Swaraj, co-founder of Dutch NGO Free-A-Girl has been repeatedly denied visa to India.

This NGO is doing superb work for trafficked children and women. Please help!” Mallika tweeted on Monday. The NGO focuses on creating awareness about the problem of child prostitution and the impunity of offenders of child prostitution, and is mobilising support of the local community to fight against this crime.

Mallika is the brand ambassador of “School for Justice”, a unique programme by Free-A-Girl which helps girls who have been rescued from brothels by providing them with education, training and support in order to help them become lawyers and work within the judicial system. “I feel very strongly about this issue and felt the urge to seek help in order to get support from the government and be granted visa allowance to the co-founder who has been tirelessly working for the benefit of Indian children and women. “Sushma Swarajji has always addressed issues such as these and I am hoping to seek a positive response from her,” Mallika said in a statement.

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Aug 302017

'Don't want my story to lose its impact'Uzma Ahmed

Delhi-based Uzma Ahmed is aware that a film being made on her life will have to be dealt with, prudently.

The Indian national, who was forced to marry Pakistani resident Tahir Ali at gunpoint during a visit to the neighbouring country in May, has given the rights of her film to director Shivam Nair.

“We’ve been in touch for the past few months. We’ve not decided how much of the story we must showcase, but, whatever we portray will be from my perspective,” says Ahmed. During a trip to Malaysia, Ahmed met Ali, whom she ‘fell in love’ with, and contacted upon her return to India.

'Don't want my story to lose its impact'Sushma Swaraj with Uzma Ahmed

As per reports, Ahmed decided to pay a visit to Ali in Pakistan, who, on her arrival, sedated her and married her at gunpoint. “I don’t want the story to lose its impact,” she says, hoping that viewers learn from her mistakes before making hasty choices. “When people travel somewhere, they should have sound knowledge of the place they are heading to. I blindly entered Pakistan, but no one should have to face dire consequences over a lapse in judgment.”

Ahmed says her film will be a tribute to External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj, who facilitated her return to India. “I have met Sushmaji many times after my return. I don’t think I would be alive without her support,” Ahmed says, adding that Swaraj’s character will play a prominent role in the film.

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Jan 202013

The battle for BJP’s top post heated up with party sources saying that veteran leader LK Advani has put forward the name of Sushma Swaraj as party chief. Ever since Nitin Gadkari’s name got dragged in a corruption case and his much publicised rift with Narendra Modi, there has been speculation that the incumbent chief may not get another term as BJP president.

However, the RSS is firmly supporting Gadkari’s extension. The RSS is backing Gadkari for re-nomination and party sources indicate that he is the front runner for the post.

Meanwhile, there is an attempt by many senior party leaders to build a consensus for Sushma Swaraj’s nomination.

The final decision is expected to be announced later in the day today.

Dec 152012

Rehman Malik, Sushma Swaraj discuss 26/11, Hindus in Pak New Delhi: Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Saturday called on Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj and the two leaders discussed the problems faced by Hindus living in Pakistan, the progress made in the 26/11 case and the controversy over the Babri mosque demolition.

Rehman Malik, Sushma Swaraj discuss 26/11, Hindus in Pak

Talking to reporters after the meeting, Swaraj said she raised two main issues with Malik.

“I asked him about the slow pace of the investigation into the 26/11 case and the persecution of Hindus in Pakistan who are coming to India as refugees. On 26/11 Malik informed me that there is a difference between perception and reality. The challans have been presented and the delay is by the courts,” Swaraj said.

The BJP leader said Malik has asked the Pakistan ambassador to cooperate in handling cases of Hindus who are fleeing Pakistan.

She said Malik has invited her to Pakistan.

Rehman Malik, Sushma Swaraj discuss 26/11, Hindus in Pak

Swaraj maintained that during her conversation with Malik the latter told her he had not compared 26/11 with the Babri mosque demolition and that he has been misquoted.

The issue of Captain Saurabh Kalia, whose mutilated body was handed over by the Pakistani forces during the Kargil War, also came up for discussion between the two leaders.

Swaraj is understood to have asked Malik to ensure that those guilty of breaking the Vienna convention be brought to book.


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First Published: Saturday, December 15, 2012, 22:32