The woman had been allegedly been confined to the bathroom for several months and was harassed by a sheikh in Riyadh.

 In a humanitarian move Andhra woman rescued from Saudi by Telangana policeFile photo
news Human rights Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 13:42

A 40-year-old woman from Andhra Pradesh's Kadapa district was rescued from a sheik in Saudi Arabia on Monday, after the Warangal police in Telangana ensured her safe return.

The woman, identified as Subbalakshmi, hailed from Lakshmipuram and had sent out a video plea for help last month, which showed the sheik confining her in the bathroom and harassing her. 

She had reportedly travelled to Riyadh last year as she was in need of money. But she was allegedly duped by some agents.

According to The New Indian Express, Warangal Urban Collector Amrapali Kata received the video via WhatsApp, and forwarded it to city Police Commissioner G Sudheer Babu, who immediately responded and formed a team to rescue the woman. 

The TNIE report adds that the team, headed by DCP East Zone, Md Ismail, used their network to trace the agents who sent the woman to Riyadh. The police then made the agents pay the sheikh and brought her safely home.

On Monday, the woman landed at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad and was later escorted to her native village.

Speaking to the Times of India, Subblakshmi said that she had asked a co-worker to record their condition and forwarded it to someone in Kuwait, after which it found its way to India.

“For the first time in three months, I saw sunlight on June 11. I was not allowed to get out of the room by the kafil. I am glad to be back in India," she told TOI.

“Though it is not in my jurisdiction, we helped the woman come back home on humanitarian grounds. A case was filed in Ontimitta police station (in Kadapa) but the police there were not able to trace the brokers for past one month,” the Commissioner was quoted as saying.