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Indian woman forced to marry Pakistani at gunpoint returned India safe

A 20-year-old Indian woman, who has approached the Indian High Commission in Islamabad with a request for repatriation, said on Monday she was forced to marry a Pakistani and was sexually assaulted and tortured.

The woman, identified as Uzma, daughter of Sagheer Ahmed from Delhi, crossed into Pakistan through Wagah Border on May 1. She was reportedly picked up by Tahir Ali whom she met in Malaysia last year where the two become friends. Pakistani TV channels had been running this “love story” over the weekend.

Local media had earlier reported that he was missing. But it emerged on Monday that Ms. Uzma had sought refuge in the Indian High Commission.

Ms. Uzma returned home on Thursday after the Islamabad High Court allowed her plea and ordered police to escort her to the Wagah Border. Ms. Uzma, accompanied by Indian mission officials, crossed the Wagah Border near Amritsar in the morning.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj welcomed Uzma back home, calling her ‘India’s daughter.’ “I am sorry for all that you have gone through,” Ms. Swaraj tweeted.

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