Plea to Gift of Givers to help PMB nurse stuck in India

2014-02-26 00:00

RELATIVES of Pietermaritzburg nurse Isra Devi Lutchman have sought the help of the international aid organisation, Gift of the Givers, for her release.

Lutchman, a cardiac unit nurse at the St Anne’s Hospital, was arrested after she was found with a single 9 mm bullet lodged in her luggage at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport on February 19.

The 62-year-old nurse was in India on a pilgrimage. She spent four days in prison before being released on bail. Lutchman will appear in court again on Friday in a bid to have her passport released to her so she can return to South Africa.

Late last night, her son Colin and a family friend, Akash Singh, left for India to be with her.

Family friend Surekha Singh has sent the plea to the Gift of the Givers, who are based in the KwaZulu-Natal capital.

“We want Dr [Imtiaz] Sooliman to try and assist in any way possible as we would like this matter to be put to rest. Isra has been very traumatised with the manner in which she has been treated.”

Singh said she was in telephonic contact with Lutchman and what she wanted was to return home.

“She is still very emotional and afraid of what is going to happen to her there. She actually fears the worst and feels helpless being criminally charged in a foreign country. All she wants is to come home. She said this is the worst ordeal of her life. Isra is also concerned about her family here in South Africa and the effect of her ordeal on them,” said Singh.

Lutchman was not in her hotel room when The Witness called her yesterday.

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