Web Desk (24 News) — An Indian woman who says she was forced to marry a Pakistani man at gunpoint returned to India on Thursday amid much media fanfare.
Uzma, whose family name cannot be given for legal reasons, said she met the Pakistani national in Malaysia and decided to travel to Pakistan on May 1 after he invited her to visit.
Uzma stayed in a village in the northwest district of Buner and said other foreign women duped into forced marriage by Pakistani men working in Malaysia were also there. She did not provide any further details.
According to local media reports, the man denies the allegations.
Indian High Commission officials said they filed a petition in court seeking permission for Uzma to return to India. The court granted permission on Wednesday.
India’s Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, who has been leading efforts to ensure the woman’s safe return to India over the last two weeks, welcomed her home and expressed thanks to Pakistan for assisting the Indian High Commission.
“I want to say this, regardless of whatever the relationship is between India and Pakistan today, if Uzma is here today, it is because of the help given by Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” Sushma said at the news conference.