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    India's Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj helped a Russian woman find a place at her Indian in-law's house after she sought her help.

    New Delhi (Sputnik) Olga Efimenkova is married to an Indian, Vikrant Singh Chandel of Agra, and has been living in Goa with her daughter.

    Olga's woes started when she moved in to her in-law's place in Agra after her husband's business ran into trouble. Her in-laws allegedly abused her for not offering them a dowry.

    Olga then posted a video on Twitter mentioning that she was protesting outside the house of her mother-in-law. After seeing the Twitter message, Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj requested that Uttar Pradesh (UP) Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav help Olga.

    UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav worked with the state to help Olga Efimenkova and within a couple of hours UP Chief Minister replied, "The lady has been united with the family after counselling the in-laws. Ms. Olga will get her [own] portion of the house to live [in]."

    Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj thanked Akhilesh Yadav for acting decisively to end Olga's struggle.

    Sushma Swaraj tweeted, "Thank you, Akhilesh, for resolving this. Such incidents affect the country's image."

    According to police, it was a matter of a property dispute, as Olga's in-laws gave the property rights to their eldest daughter.

    In her complaint to the Agra police, Olga alleged that her mother-in-law Nirmala Chandel had mentally abused her for not bringing a dowry and has refused to let them into the house, while Nirmala Chandel accused Olga of gambling and consuming drugs.

    The dispute arose when Olga Efimenkova demanded a share of her husband's property. Now due the initiative of both India's Foreign Minister and Uttar Pradesh's Chief Minister, Olga is living with her in-laws and husband in Agra.


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