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Pakistan a death trap, says Uzma Ahmed after returning to India

After returning to India, Uzma Ahmed, who was forced into marrying a Pakistani man, said that Pakistan is a death trap. Uzma said that she cannot describe how thankful she feels towards the Indian government and Sushma Swaraj especially, who ensured her safe return to India. Uzma returned to India via the Wagah border near Amritsar. She said that there are many other women like her who are still trapped in the town of Buner in Pakistan. Describing her ordeal, Uzma said, “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.”

Speaking about the condition of other women like her, Uzma said, “If I’d remained here for a few days more, I would have died. They lure women from east Asian countries like Philippines, Malaysia… there’re many women like me still trapped there.”

Uzma thanked the Indian High Commission and Sushma Swaraj, saying that it’s because of them that she is alive today. Meanwhile, Sushma Swaraj thanked the Pakistani government for securing the release of Uzma on humanitarian grounds. Sushma Swaraj called Uzma as “India’s daughter”.

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