Sydney murder: Sushma Swaraj speaks to victim's husband

New Delhi


External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday said she has spoken to the husband of Indian woman IT consultant Prabha Arun, who was stabbed to death in Australia's Sydney city.

The central government also said the Indian consulate in Sydney was providing all necessary help to the family.

Sushma Swaraj said in a tweet that she has spoken to Arun Kumar, husband of the victim, and he was satisfied with the assistance from the consulate.

The ministry's spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin later said he was in constant touch with the consulate.

"I am in constant touch with our consulate in Sydney. The consulate is providing all help," Akbaruddin said in a tweet.

Prabha Arun was employed with Bengaluru-based tech firm MindTree.

Prabha Arun, in her 40s, was attacked at Amos Street in the western part of Sydney about 9.30 p.m. on Saturday, Australian police said on Sunday.

She was on the phone with her husband Arun Kumar, who lives in Bengaluru with their 10-year-old daughter, when she was stabbed. She was around 300 metres from her Westmead home when she was attacked.

Chillingly, the husband heard her tell him that "I think I've been stabbed", before she collapsed in a pool of blood. The phone line then went dead. -