The Indian woman who was allegedly forced at a gunpoint to marry a Pakistani man has returned to India this morning. The Islamabad High Court had allowed her deportation a day earlier. Uzma, who was a refugee at the Indian High Commission in Islamabad, returned to India through the Wagah border according to NDTV reports.
Uzma is in her early 20s, she was escorted by Pakistani security personnel till the Wagah border after which the Indian High Commission took over the charge.
Indian External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj welcomed Uzma by tweeting, “Welcome home India’s daughter. I am sorry for all that you have gone through.”
On May 12 Uzma had filed a case and appealed to the Pakistan court against Tahir Ali, alleging that he forced her to marry him at gunpoint. She also informed the court that he used to harass her and also took away all her travel papers, forcing her to stay with him in Pakistan. They both reportedly met in Malaysia where they fell in love and Ali on May 3 forced her to marry him in Pakistan.
She told the court that she was tortured, beaten, physically and mentally abused and was forced to sign a nikahnama by Tahir Ali against her will. She then filed a petition against him. Ali rejected the allegations and said that the court had allowed her to go back.
The Islamabad High Court then ruled the case in favour of Uzma and allowed her to go back to India. Ali returned her immigration papers on court’s order which were later given back to Uzma.
Uzma was also given a chance by the court to meet her husband in the chamber which she refused. According to the Pakistani laws, Uzma can come back to pursue the case and her lawyer can continue to represent her.
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