Sushma Swaraj may have won a lot of brickbats in Parliament this Monsoon Session, trying to defend herself in the controversy over Lalit Modi's travel documents, but the Foreign Minister finally found some praise on social media for her intervention in the rescue of a girl in UAE.
On August 22, user Dev Tamboli tweeted his predicament to Sushma Swaraj, seeking help from her in rescuing his sister, who was 'locked in a room' in UAE.
@SushmaSwaraj need help for rescuing my sister fm UAE. She went to UAE for job on 14th but now locked in a room pls contact me +97466893988
— Dev Tamboli (@Devtamboli) August 21, 2015
Within minutes, Swaraj assured him help. She got in touch with the Ambassador in UAE to help Tamboli. Tamboli got a call from the Ambassador within 15 minutes of Swaraj's tweet.
@SushmaSwaraj thanks, just got call from embassador. I launched complaint with help of my friends in UAE and Dubai CID also started action
— Dev Tamboli (@Devtamboli) August 22, 2015
By next day, Swaraj tweeted that the government has been able to rescue Tamboli's sister with the help of local police. "She is being moved to a shelter home run by Indian Embassy in Dubai," Swaraj said.
We have rescued your sister with help of local Police. She is being moved to a shelter home run by Indian Embassy in Dubai. @Devtamboli
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) August 22, 2015
Twitter users heaped praise on the minister, describing her as "worthy, proactive, and helpful".
— NK (@NaraayanKannan) August 22, 2015
— Kuhoo_India (@Kuhoo2014) August 23, 2015
This is called working proactive EAM.
Earlier EAMs/Ministers were famous for luggages.
— Anil SAPRE (@anilsapre) August 22, 2015
— karthick natesan (@karthickn23) August 23, 2015
But this isn't the first time that Swaraj has used Twitter to help Indians stranded abroad.
From helping those stuck in conflict zones to getting people in touch with their children and their parents, Swaraj and her team used Twitter actively to reach out to Indians in times of crisis.
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