Indian forced to marry Pakistan man to return home: MEA
Source :News Bharati English   Date :09-May-2017

New Delhi, May 9: An Indian woman, who was allegedly forced to marry a Pakistani man at gunpoint, is set to return home, the Indian High Commission in Islamabad has said. She also alleged that she was raped after her marriage to Tahir Ali. Uzma had crossed the Wagah border to visit Pakistan, but Tahir and his friends got her married forcibly. However, she contacted Indian High Commission and will soon return home.

External affairs ministry's Spokesperson Gopal Baglay said, ''The young Indian woman, who had sought shelter in the Indian High Commission in Islamabad on Friday and Yesterday recorded her statement in the Court of Judicial Magistrate First Class in Islamabad, as per local legal requirement.

In her statement, she 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, Informed MEA Spokesperson.

The lady stated the she had taken shelter in High Commission of India of her own accord and would stay there till she is sent back to India with security, he added.

High Commission of India has provided her necessary consular and legal assistance. It is coordinating with Pakistan Foreign Office for the safe return of the lady to India and is also in touch with her family in India on the matter. Her brother met the External Affairs Minister and requested the Government's help to rescue his sister at the earliest, Baglay said.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria had yesterday 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."

The Pakistani authorities declared that the Indian citizen did not disclose her plans to marry in Pakistan when she applied for the visa and instead expressed her intent to visit her relatives in Pakistan.