In pictures: Grim tale of Indian woman forced to marry in Pakistan
Indian woman, Uzma Jan, who was allegedly forced to marry a Pakistani man, Tahir Ali, has been allowed to return to India by the Islamabad High Court. All pics/PTI
Uzma travelled to Lahore from Islamabad and was accompanied by Indian Deputy High Commissioner J.P. Singh. She stayed in Pakistan for 25 days. Near the Wagah border she was escorted by Pakistani security personnel. She prostrated and kissed the ground as soon as she entered Indian territory.
Uzma, a doctor, had requested the court to allow her to return to India after claiming that she had been forced to marry Tahir at gunpoint.
She said Tahir had deceived her and accused him of stealing her passport and other travel documents.
"Pakistan is like a well of death", said Uzma Ahmed, the Indian woman repatriated to the country from Pakistan where she was allegedly forced and duped into marrying against her will.
"I am an orphan. I am an adopted child and have nobody," Uzma told reporters in New Delhi, hours after she crossed into India through the Wagah border, a day after the Islamabad High Court permitted her to travel home.
The woman broke down several times, sharing with the media her ordeal of living in Pakistan where "it is easy to go, but tough to return." Talking about the family she was with in Buner, Pakistan, she said, "They could have sold me or used me in a risky operation."
Uzma said she was not the only woman duped into marrying a man from Buner. "There may be lots of girls in Buner. Buner people are mostly in Malaysia and they get girls from Malaysia. It is a dangerous area. You hear gunshots everyday. Every (man) has two wives there. I don't want this to happen with everyone," she claimed.
She thanked the government of India, particularly External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, for making her return possible and making her realise "the value of my life as an Indian citizen". "I am proud to be an Indian citizen. Sushma madam would call me every day to say we are fighting for you, you are our daughter, you are India's daughter," she said, recounting the days she spent at the Indian High Commission in Islamabad.