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Was forced to marry Pak man on gunpoint, says Indian woman; wants repatriation

The latest disclosure marks a fresh twist in a case that yesterday prompted a Pakistani national accusing the High Commission of detaining his wife.
India TV News Desk Islamabad May 08, 2017 16:20 IST
India TV News Desk

Three days after an Indian woman approached the Indian High Commission seeking her repatriation to New Delhi, the 20-year-old alleged that she was forced to marry a Pakistani citizen on gunpoint.

The latest disclosure marks a fresh twist in a case that yesterday prompted a Pakistani national accusing the High Commission of detaining his wife. 

The lady, identified as Uzma, a doctor by profession, has filed a plea with an Islamabad court against her husband Tahir Ali alleging that she was being harassed and intimidated by him. She also recorded her statement before a magistrate.

According to Geo News, the lady told court that she did not want to leave the Indian High Commission in Islamabad and that she wanted to go back to her home country.

According to Geo News, Ali had also snatched her immigration documents in order to not to allow her travel outside the country.

“My immigration documents were snatched,” she said, adding: “I was forced to marry Ali on gunpoint”.

According to reports, Uzma's husband met her in the High Commission this morning but he was not present in the court.

The Pakistani High Commission in New Delhi said that the immigration documents state that Uzma obtained the visa under the visit category.

Pakistani authorities have said that the Indian citizen did not share her plans to marry when she applied for the visa and expressed her intent to visit her relatives in the country.

Pakistan Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria yesterday said that the Indian High Commission informed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that an Indian national, Uzma, 20, had approached them with the request to be repatriated to India.

Zakaria said that according to the Indian High Commission, she claimed to have married Ali and alleged that she later came to know that he was already married and has four children.

Government sources in New Delhi said that the Indian woman has sought the help of the Indian mission in Islamabad on May 5.

The High Commission is providing necessary consular assistance to her and is in touch with the Pakistan Foreign Office on the matter and the girl's family in India, said the sources.

Uzma and Ali reportedly met in Malaysia and fell in love after which she travelled to Pakistan on May 1 via the Wagah border. Their 'nikah' was solemnised on May 3. But the situation changed when they visited the Indian High Commission on Friday. Uzma went inside the building of the mission and did not return, according to her husband.

Ali has filed a case with local police that she was detained against her will.

With PTI Inputs