The Consulate General of India in Chicago has made contact with a female student from Hyderabad, Syeda Lulu Minhaj Zaidi, who was reportedly experiencing depression and facing severe hunger while studying in the United States. The consulate confirmed her well-being, offering assistance that includes medical support and the option to return to India.
Originally from Telangana, Syeda Lulu Minhaj Zaidi had pursued higher education in the US and was discovered in a state of near-starvation on a street in Chicago. Concerned for her daughter’s welfare, her mother reached out to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar for help in bringing her back home.
The Consulate General of India in Chicago expressed their satisfaction at successfully establishing communication with Ms. Syeda Zaidi. They offered medical aid and the possibility of returning to India, and it was confirmed that she is in good health and has spoken with her mother in India. However, there has been no response from her yet regarding the offer to support her return to India, and the consulate remains ready to provide any necessary assistance.
The mother of the student shared that her daughter had gone to the USA in August 2021 to pursue a Master of Science degree from TRINE University in Detroit. After a two-month period of no communication, it was discovered through two individuals from Hyderabad that her daughter was struggling with deep depression and had lost all her belongings, leaving her in a dire state of hunger and spotted on the streets of Chicago.