The minister's response came after her attention was drawn to a news report in which Ms Kaur's husband Kulwant Singh alleged that she had gone to Saudi Arabia on a three-month tourist visa in January, but was sold and tortured there. According to the report, Ms Kaur, hailing from Jalandhar, was taken to Saudi Arabia by a Delhi-based agent. Mr Singh said his wife was in contact with him over phone for a week after she landed in Dubai. But a few days later, her phone got switched off and the agent also did not attend his calls.
"On May 7, my wife called me up from a hospital in Hail City of Saudi Arabia. She said the travel agent had sold her to a local resident and she was forced to work as a slave in his house and was being badly treated and even tortured," he was quoted as saying in the report.