Forced to marry Pakistani man at gunpoint, Indian woman to return home

Dr Uzma, who says she was forced into a marriage with her Pakistani friend

An Indian woman who has alleged that she was forced to marry a Pakistani man at gunpoint and that she was raped after her marriage will return home, the Indian High Commission in Islamabad has said.

 

An Indian woman who claims her Pakistani boyfriend had forced her into marriage will return to India. Uzma, a young doctor, met Tahir Ali of Pakistan’s Buner in Malaysia where he worked two years ago.

Recording her statement in front of a Pakistani magistrate, Uzma said that she had come to Pakistan to tour the country and not get married.

She also said that she was raped after being forcefully married to Tahir and that she will only leave the Indian High Commission, where she has been staying, once she is assured of safe passage back to India.

  1. On May 1, Uzma went to Pakistan via Wagah border to meet Tahir. According to her statement to the Indian High Commission, she was forced to marry Tahir Ali at gunpoint on May 3.
  2. To escape from Ali’s clutches, Uzma’s brother in Delhi advised her to go to the Indian High Commission. She convinced Tahir that the two should visit Delhi and meet her parents and that they should apply for visa. Her brother had alerted a High Commission staffer, Adnan.
  3. On May 5, Uzma and Tahir went to the embassy. Uzma was whisked away to safety while Tahir was asked to wait. After a couple of hours wait, when Tahir enquired about Uzma, he was told she was not at the High Commission.
  4. Tahir filed a missing report with the Islamabad central secretariat police station. When the Islamabad Police got in touch with the Indian High Commission, officials said that Uzma was in their office and did not wish to return to her husband.
  5. Today, a local court issued notices to all the parties to explain their position. The Indian High Commission has said that Uzma would be sent back to Delhi. According to sources, Tahir had cheated her by not telling her that he was a school dropout and actually worked as a labourer in Malaysia.
  6. Recording her statement in front of the magistrate, Dr Uzma said she was raped after being forcefully wed to Tahir. She said she did not visit Pakistan to marry Tahir, though they had become friends.
  7. She said she was in Pakistan to only meet Tahir and explore the country but Tahir and his friends forced her to wed Tahir and snatched her travel documents.
  8. “Tahir was my friend. I applied for Pakistani visa not to get married but to see the country,” said Dr Uzma. She also said she did not even understand the language Tahir’s family spoke. Tahir is from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, a province west of Islamabad where Urdu is understood but hardly spoken.
  9. Uzma told the magistrate that she would not leave the Indian High Commission in Islamabad until she could safely travel back to India. Uzma has been staying at the Indian High Commission in Islamabad for the last three days.
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