‘Pakistan is a well of death’, says Uzma Ahmed after returning to India

Uzma Ahmed, Uzma, Attari-Wagah border, Pakistan, Amritsar airport

Sharing her ordeal of living in Pakistan, she said, ‘it is easy to go, but tough to return’

 

“Pakistan is like a well of death”, said Uzma Ahmed, the Indian woman repatriated to the country from Pakistan where she was allegedly forced and duped into marrying against her choice.

 

“I am an orphan. I am an adopted child and have nobody,” Uzma told reporters in New Delhi, hours after she crossed into India through the Wagah border, a day after the Islamabad High Court permitted her to travel home.

 

The woman broke down several times and said “it is easy to go, but tough to return”, sharing her ordeal of living in Pakistan with media.

 

“They could have sold me or used me in a risky operation,” she said about a family in Buner, Pakistan.

 

Uzma said she was not the only woman duped into marrying a man from Buner.

 

“There may be lots of girls in Buner. Buner people are mostly in Malaysia and they get girls from Malaysia. It is a dangerous area. You hear gunshots everyday. Every (man) has two wives there. I don’t want this to happen with everyone,” she claimed.

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The woman said she saw women who went to Pakistan after their arranged marriages also crying.

 

She thanked the Government of India, particularly External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for making her return possible and making her realise “the value of my life as an Indian citizen”.

 

“I am proud to be an Indian citizen. Sushma madam would call me every day to say we are fighting for you, you are our daughter, you are India’s daughter,” she said, recounting the days she spent at the Indian High Commission in Islamabad.(read more)

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