External Affairs

Indian National Allegedly Forced to Marry Pakistani Man Returns Home

New Delhi/Amritsar: An Indian woman, who was allegedly forced to marry a Pakistani man at gun point, returned home today after the Islamabad high court allowed her plea and ordered police to escort her to the Wagah Border.

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj welcomed Uzma back home, calling her “India’s daughter”.

“I am sorry for all that you have gone through,” Swaraj tweeted.

Uzma, accompanied by Indian mission officials, crossed the Wagah Border near Amritsar this morning (May 25).

Uzma, who is in her early 20s, hails from New Delhi. She had travelled to Pakistan earlier this month. She has accused Tahir Ali, whom she reportedly met in Malaysia and fell in love with, of forcing her into marrying him in Pakistan on May 3.

Uzma petitioned the Islamabad high court on May 12 requesting it to allow her to return home urgently as her daughter from her first marriage in India suffered from thalassemia – a blood disorder characterised by abnormal hemoglobin production.

The court also returned her the immigration papers which she had said was taken away by Ali, who had submitted the documents after being told by the court to do so.

She had been staying at the Indian mission in Islamabad after she accused Ali of marrying her at gun point.

(PTI)

  • Bangalorean

    report is incomplete. The man she loved, cheated her by not telling her that he is already married in Pakistan and had children from first marriage.. Uzma was surprised to know, when she refused to marry this man, then he and his family used force to get her married and snatched her travel documents.

  • Rohini

    as an Indian who has lived in a volatile part of the world where war could break out any time and where a different set of laws worked than secular ones…as a woman who had to get her husband’s permission to even get a license and where my husband could, if he so chose to, take away my child and my passport, where I had friends who had been denied access to their children and whose passports were taken away in a marital dispute, and where Indians would make wills so that their wives would get the property in case the man died because without that will, children and property plus bank acct would pass to the nearest male relative of the husband…that picture of Uzma evokes tears in me.
    I know exactly how she felt when she stepped onto Indian soil. I used to feel that every time I came home from there.

    welcome home, Uzma. Glad you’re free and safe especially to feel your little girl’s hugs again.