External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday pledged to help an Indian woman to get back the body of her husband who died in Japan.
“We will bear all the expenses and do this without delay,” the minister tweeted.
Sushma Swaraj’s reaction followed a story in a newspaper which quoted Gopal Ram’s family as saying they had no money to fly his body to India.
A cook, Gopal Ram left for Tokyo in September 2015. He passed away from a cardiac arrest on December 10.
The man’s wife, who has three children, said her only source of income was about Rs 3,000 a month she got from a room she had rented out.
“How will we be able to afford the lakhs of rupees needed to transport him home?” the daily quoted her as saying.