Islamabad, May 24: An Indian woman Uzma, who was allegedly forced to marry a Pakistani man at gunpoint, has been given the permission to travel to India. The Islamabad High Court on Wednesday ordered that police provide security to the Indian woman till the Wagah Border Crossing. Uzma had crossed the Wagah border to visit Pakistan, but Tahir Ali and his friends got her married forcibly.
An Islamabad High Court bench, headed by Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani said, she was free to return to India at any point and would be escorted to the Wagah Border with police security.
High Court returned Uzma her original immigration form, which her husband Tahir Ali had submitted to the court on Tuesday.
During the hearing, Justice Mohsin Akhtar asked Uzma if she wished to speak to her husband but she refused. Justice Kayani remarked that if Uzma does not want to meet Tahir she will not be forced to do so.
During the hearing, Uzma also fainted in the court and paramedics were called to the site. On May 19, Uzma had submitted a six-page reply to the high court and reiterated her earlier claims and said that she was forced to sign the Nikkahnama [nikkah papers] with Tahir.
The reply also claimed that Tahir’s affidavit was based on lies, and requested that Uzma be allowed to travel to India as her visa will expire on May 30.
Uzma said the she was sedated, assaulted, tortured mentally and physically in Pakistan by a Pakistani man who had met her in Malaysia, invited her to visit his family in Pakistan and provided the requisite sponsorship letter to the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi for her visa. She also stated that the same man also made her sign Nikah Namah at gunpoint. she had taken shelter in High Commission of India of her own accord.
Earlier, Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria had said that "the Indian High Commission informed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that an Indian national had approached them with the request to be repatriated to India."