IHC allows woman 'forced to marry Pakistani man' to go back to India

Published: May 24, 2017
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Development came days after Uzma Ahmed rejected claims made by her Pakistani husband Tahir Ali. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Development came days after Uzma Ahmed rejected claims made by her Pakistani husband Tahir Ali. PHOTO: EXPRESS

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday allowed an Indian national woman to go back to her country days after she claimed she was duped and forced into marrying a Pakistani man.

Uzma Ahmed claimed she was forced to marry Buner resident Tahir Ali on gunpoint. During the hearing, IHC judge Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani asked Uzma if she wanted to meet her husband in the chamber but she refused the offer, saying she did not want to talk to him.

Soon after the hearing, Uzma left the court for the Indian High Commission where she will reportedly stay until she’s sent back.

In her para-wise comments, Ahmed through her counsel reiterated that she had been “terribly beaten … tortured physically and mentally and forced to sign on the nikahnama” by Ali. She reiterated her allegation that she had been given sleeping pills by Ali who allegedly “sexually assaulted” her after he received her at the Wagah border.

Indian woman denies consent to marry Tahir

On the other hand, Ali had sought court’s intervention to meet his wife in ‘a free atmosphere’ claiming that Ahmed recorded her statement before a magistrate against him under “duress and pressure” from her brother through officials of the Indian High Commission.

On May 3, Ahmed had told a magistrate that she had been deceived, tortured and forced to sign marriage documents at gunpoint. Ahmed further said that she had taken refuge at the high commission because she felt threatened and wanted to return to her country of birth. Contrary to her claims, Ali through his counsel Fayaz Ahmed had filed a petition claiming that she is being forcibly kept there.

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  • IBN E ASHFAQUE
    May 24, 2017 - 11:16AM

    Good for this woman. Thanks to the Islamabad High Court………She should thank Allah and she survived after this ordeal………….Recommend

  • Saeed Masood
    May 24, 2017 - 12:02PM

    Nonsense..First of all why did she come to Pakistan at all, means she dad a relation with this man Ali.Recommend

  • Albert Xavier
    May 24, 2017 - 12:34PM

    This marriage is dead. .Recommend

  • cautious
    May 24, 2017 - 1:33PM

    So why aren’t the men who forced this women to marry sitting in jail? Last time I looked kidnapping/rape were offenses that would result in lengthy jail sentences.Recommend

  • ramallah khan
    May 24, 2017 - 3:19PM

    @Saeed Masood:
    Though I am an Indian, I fully agree with Saeed Masood. Why did she come to Pakistan all alone in the first place? This reason has not been clarified anywhere, that means she was equally in love with him initially from Malaysia and only after seeing his living conditions and his first marriage, that she changed her mind to go back. She also said she had liked his behaviour while in Malaysia due to his soft-spoken attitude. Also, her messages on WhattApp are also pointing towards her affection for him. Moreover, she is a Doctor and has a daughter from first marriage. It’s good that the judgement was on her side and she is allowed to return, but still, she was wrong in the first place to go to Pakistan alone to meet him knowing fully well that one male and female do not live with each other without marriage under Islam. Recommend

  • geeta
    May 26, 2017 - 11:18AM

    Fully agree RK.. she was wrong to go there in the firat place.. and if she was in captvity hown did she contact the High commission.. it is not easy… people who keep you in captivity do not let u keep your mobile phones..Recommend

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