Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj
Swaraj immediately responded to Takru's plea and asked the Indian Embassy to get in touch with Takru and her son so that the visa could be issued.REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday directed the Indian Embassy in Washington to issue a visa to US-based Abhai Kaul so that he can attend his father's funeral in India and perform the last rites.

The Indian Embassy offices in the United States were closed due to Dussehra and Muharram. But Swaraj directed the authorities to open the office after she received information that Kaul would not be able to get his visa to India due to the holiday at the embassy.

Swaraj's orders came after Kaul's mother Sarita Takru reached out to her through Twitter informing her of the situation and requesting her to issue a visa as soon as possible so that Kaul could attend his father's cremation. Kaul also tweeted to her for help.

Swaraj immediately responded to Takru's plea and asked the Indian Embassy to get in touch with Takru and her son so that the visa could be issued.

Swaraj responded asking Kaul to submit his application and collect his visa from the embassy.

Both the mother and son later thanked Swaraj for helping them out in their hour of need.

Earlier, Swaraj had also helped a Pakistani bride, Priya Bachani, to travel to India for her wedding. It was over media reports that the bride's family had failed to get a visa due to escalation of tensions between India and Pakistan following the Indian Army surgical strikes and the Uri attacks. Naresh Tekwani, who hails from Rajasthan's Jodhpur district, is set to marry Priya of Sindh province in Pakistan in Jodhpur on November 8.

The Indian High Commission in Islamabad issued a visa to Priya and her family a day after Swaraj tweeted assuring help to the families.

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