Hours after returning to India from Pakistan where she was forced by a Pakistan man to marry him, Uzma said she was “tortured and threatened”.
“I was tortured and threatened everyday by Tahir Ali (her captor). He threatened to kidnap my daughter. So, I agreed to marry him to save my daughter. He scared me so much that I signed,” she said after reaching Delhi on Thursday.
“He used to beat me up. This (returning to India) is a big day for me,” Uzma added.
Uzma described the neighboring country as “well of death”.
“It’s easy to go to Pakistan, but tough to return. Had I stayed there for two more days, I would have been dead. Pakistan is a ‘well of death’. Even men are not safe there,” she said. “Even the girls who there after arrange marriage are crying.”
Earlier in the day, Uzma was received by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj at Delhi after she crossed over to India from the Wagah border near Amritsar. The minister took to Twitter to welcome her, saying: “Uzma — Welcome home India’s daughter. I am sorry for all that you have gone through.”
A bench of the Islamabad High Court returned to Uzma her original immigration form, which Tahir had submitted to the court a day earlier.
According to reports, the court had also ordered that the police should provide security to Uzma till Wagah Border.
Uzma had on 19 May submitted a 6-page reply in Islamabad High Court, reiterating her desire to return to India. She alleged that her Pakistani husband had forced her to sign the ‘nikahnama’ (marriage papers) at gunpoint.
In her reply, she claimed that Tahir’s affidavit was based on lies. She had requested the court to let her travel to India as her visa will expire on 30 May.