Uzma Ahmed, the Indian woman who was allegedly forced to marry a Pakistani man at gunpoint during her visit there, returned to India on Thursday after getting nod from Islamabad High Court .
After arriving in India, she called Pakistan a “well of death” while narrating her ordeal during a joint press conference with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.
She said, “It’s easy to enter Pakistan but nearly impossible to leave that place.”
“Pakistan is a ‘maut ka kuan’ (well of death). I’ve seen women who go there after arranged marriages. They’re miserable and living in terrible condition. There are two, three, even four wives in every house,” she said.
Uzma said she wanted to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi to personally thank him for the government’s efforts to facilitate her return.
She said ‘Buner’, the area where Tahir, the Pakistani man who married her at gunpoint, took her after giving her sleeping pills, was like a “Taliban-controlled” region.
Uzma said had she stayed there for a few more days she would have been dead. She broke down several times while recalling the horror in front of the national media.
She profusely thanked Swaraj, Indian mission officials and other staffers for making her comfortable and ensuring her return.
Uzma, who is in her early 20s, hails from New Delhi. She was allowed by the Islamabad High Court yesterday to return to India following a plea she filed with the court seeking its direction after her husband Tahir Ali “seized” her immigration papers and refused to return the document.
She crossed into India through the Wagah Border crossing near Amritsar. She was accompanied by Indian mission officials and escorted by Pakistani police personnel.
Here we bring you some of the heart-melting moments of Uzma Ahmad after she returned home after years.
Uzma Ahmad at Wagah border after returning from death trap.
Uzma gets emotional after returning home, thanks the Indian government along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Minister of external affairs Sushma Swaraj.
Uzma Ahmad stepped into his own land after a nod from Islamabad High Court.
Uzma finally returns home after years with the help of Indian government.
Uzma Ahmad addresses a press conference after returning India.