I am part of a FB Group comprising highly accomplished women, connecting our PG college across batches.
This morning, when one of our juniors reached out to me in distress through FB, asking for a loan, I was in shock. She had changed her name a few years ago and hadn’t been in touch for a while. She came from a wealthy family, and her asking for a loan didn’t make any sense. So I took her phone number and called to ask how she was. She told me that she had stopped working and had moved in with her Mom but now left home because of differences. She was staying in a hotel waiting to go to Saudi Arabia.
A few minutes into the conversation, I became extremely concerned as she started sounding incoherent. I paid for her hotel but was anxious that someone would take her to Saudi and do terrible things or involve her in some anti-social activity. So I reached out to the women’s group to see if we could contact her family. The response was overwhelming. I had IPS officers call me at 1 am to say that she was safe and they had put all airports on alert to prevent her from travelling to Saudi.
This type of kindness is uncommon. Even senior IPS officials who did not know me personally took it upon themselves to keep her safe.
I am incredibly grateful to be a part of this kind of community ready to help a sister in crises.
A kind community can help keep someone safe.