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Fisherman in Pak jail suffering from cancer, wife seeks

Press Trust of India  |  Vadodara 

A woman from Gir district of today wrote a letter to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, seeking help for bringing back her husband who is in a Pakistani prison and is suffering from cancer.

Rudiben Chauhan (32), resident of Paldi in Una tehsil, told that her husband (35) has been languishing in a jail in the neighbouring country for over a year.

Chauhan andfive other fishermen from were apprehended by the Maritime Security Agency near the in district on May 3, 2017 for allegedly entering the Pakistani waters. Their boat, "Sagar Sonu", was also seized.

Speaking to PTI, Rudiben Chauhan said her husband called his nephew from a hospital in three days ago, and said he was suffering from cancer and he must return to for better treatment.

"My husband said he does not want to die in Pakistani jail," she said.

The couple has four daughters and a son.

In her letter to Swaraj, Rudiben said it was the responsibility of thejail authorities in to inform the family about her husband's disease, but they failed to do so.

Nor did she receive any communication from the or the about her husband's condition, she said.

"I seek your help for doing the needful," Chauhan wrote to Swaraj.

Since her husband was captured by the Pakistani authorities she is working as a labourer to feed her children, the eldest of whom is 12 years old and the youngest is one and a half years old, she said.

"I earn Rs 100 a day which is not enough to feed my children," she wrote in the letter.

member Parimal Nathwani, who hails from Gir district, and Veljibhai Masani, of the Fishermen's Association (GFA), told that they too have written separate letters to the External Affairs Minister, requesting her to bring back Chauhan in view of his health.

According to the GFA, 415 Indian fishermen are in Pakistani jails at present for allegedly crossing the international maritime border illegally.

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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 17:35 IST