After return to India, Uzma Ahmed calls Pakistan ‘a death trap

 

After return to India, Uzma Ahmed calls Pakistan ‘a death trap

‘Pakistan Maut Ka Kuan, Even Men Not Safe’: India’s Uzma After Return

Indian woman ‘forced to marry Pakistani’ returns

After return to India, Uzma Ahmed calls Pakistan ‘a death trap

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NEW DELHI: Uzma Ahmed, the Indian woman who alleged she was forced to marry a Pakistani man at gunpoint, painted a grim picture of her ordeal in Pakistan.

“It’s easy to enter Pakistan. But it’s nearly impossible to leave. Pakistan is a death trap. I’ve seen women who go there after arranged marriages. They’re miserable and living in terrible circumstances. There’re two, three, even four wives in every house,” a visibly emotional Uzma said at a press conference on Thursday.

Uzma, who returned to India earlier in the day after crossing the Wagah border near Amritsar, revealed there were many women like her still trapped in the town of Buner, Pakistan.

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“If I’d remained here for a few days more, I would have died. They lure women from east Asian countries like Phillipines, Malaysia… there’re many women like me still trapped there,” she alleged.

Uzma was also profuse in expressing her gratitude to the Indian government for rescuing her.

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“I’m grateful to the Indian High Commission and EAM Sushma Swaraj, who gave me hope and a reason to live. They made me realise that my life was valuable, it was not futile. So I fought hard against my circumstances there,” she said.

Foreign minister Sushma Swaraj, who has called UzmaIndia’s daughter“, also thanked the Pakistani establishment and judiciary for helping Uzma return to India on humanitarian grounds.

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Uzma is here because of the cooperation of Pakistan’s foreign and home ministries. I thank lawyer Shahnawaz Noon, who fought her case like a father,” Swaraj said at the press conference.

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Uzma, who is in her early 20s and belongs to New Delhi, is believed to have met and fallen in love with Tahir Ali in Malaysia.

She told the Islamabad High Court that Ali forced her into marrying him in Pakistan on May 3, when she was visiting that country.

She petitioned the court on May 12, requesting it to allow her to return home urgently as her daughter from her first marriage in India suffered from thalassaemia — a blood disorder characterised by abnormal haemoglobin production.

Uzma Ahmed, who returned from Pakistan, hugs her mother during a meeting with external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj while her brother and her girl look on in New Delhi on Thursday. (Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)

She has said she was forced to marry Tahir at gunpoint. The two reportedly met in Malaysia and fell in love.

Uzma reached Pakistan on May 1 and travelled to the remote Buner district in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province where she was married to Tahir on May 3.

According to the law in Pakistan, her lawyer can continue to represent her in the case she has filed in the high court and she can return to pursue the case.

Swaraj, who described the woman as “India’s daughter”, said she felt “sorry for all that you have gone through”.

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Swaraj said despite the tension between the two neighbours, the Pakistan foreign office and the home ministry played a key role in her return.

She said while the counsel treated Uzma as his child, the judge dealt with the case on humanitarian grounds and not through the prism of India-Pakistan relations as some people wanted him to

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