- Rukmini Shankar's father was allegedly taken into police custody
- According to a Facebook post, he ran into trouble after an accident
- Sushma Swaraj replied to the girl in a tweet and promised action
@SushmaSwaraj I am a minor. Please SOS. Please Madam- Rukmini Shankar (@rukminniehoran) June 18, 2016
According to a Facebook post shared by a family friend, Rukmini's father Shankarkumarsingh Jha ran into trouble in Saudi Arabia after "an accident which resulted into the death of a person there". Mr Jha had been posted as an assistant professor of finance at the University of Hail and his daughter had accompanied him for her summer vacation.
It was after this incident that Rukmini reached out to the Indian Embassy and the foreign affairs minister on June 18.
@SushmaSwaraj mdam no one is tking the responisibility in legal mtters. And if embssy ltter wll nt be gvn til sunday. Dad wll rman in custdy- Rukmini Shankar (@rukminniehoran) June 18, 2016
After many tweets from Rukmini and several others on Twitter, Ms Swaraj replied to the girl, promising action:
It's unclear how the matter was finally resolved but a day later Rukmini shared the news of her father's release.
My Dad is with me now, and He is released.- Rukmini Shankar (@rukminniehoran) June 19, 2016
Thnks 4 every1 spprt. It means a lot to our fmily.its nt over yet. plz cntinue ur spport &love.- Rukmini Shankar (@rukminniehoran) June 19, 2016
Ms Swaraj replied to Rukmini's happy news and even promised help to all Indians:
This isn't the first time Ms Swaraj has responded to those seeking her help on Twitter. She earlier helped Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra when his coach had lost his passport in in Cologne, Germany and even helped 17-year-old Mashal Maheshwari with her medical entrance.