ISLAMABAD:(APS)May 8, 2017-An Indian woman named Uzma who went ‘missing’ from the Indian High Commission in Islamabad last week appeared before a lower court in the capital on Monday, stating that she was forced to marry her Pakistani husband at gunpoint and was subjected to abuse by him.
Twenty-year-old Indian national Uzma met Tahir Ali, a resident of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, while the latter was working as a taxi driver in Malaysia eight months ago. The two were married in early May. A few days after their marriage, they had approached the Indian High Commission — reportedly to secure Indian visas — after which Uzma had ‘gone missing’.
An embassy official said that Uzma had actually “sought refuge” at the Indian High Commission in Islamabad. According to the Indian High Commission, she claimed to have married Ali and alleged that she later came to know he was already married and had four children.
She reportedly sought legal help from the Indian High Commission to be repatriated to India.
The Indian High Commission then arranged an attorney for Uzma and provided her with transportation and security to appear before the court for today’s hearing.
In court today, Uzma alleged that Ali had forced her to enter a Nikkah contract at gunpoint and subsequently subjected her to physical and sexual abuse. He also confiscated her documents, she claimed.
She maintained in court that she was not under any sort of pressure while recording her statement.
Judicial Magistrate Haider Ali Shah ordered respondents Tahir Ali, the cleric who solemnised the marriage, as well as other witnesses to the marriage to submit a reply.
Shah fixed the next court hearing for July 11.