Uzma Ahmed, the Indian woman who was allegedly forced to marry a Pakistani man at gunpoint during her visit there, called Pakistan a "well of death" while narrating her ordeal on her return on Thursday.
Seated with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Indian Deputy High Commissioner in Islamabad J P Singh, and other senior ministry officials, an emotional Uzma said, "It's easy to enter Pakistan but nearly impossible to leave that place."
It's easy to go to Pak, but tough to return. Pakistan is a 'well of death'. Even those who go there after arrange marriage are crying: Uzma pic.twitter.com/v0EOBuVYWV— ANI (@ANI_news) May 25, 2017
"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.
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.
Want to thank Sushma ma'am. high commission officials. I am an orphan, first time, I realised my life is so valuable: Uzma pic.twitter.com/b8de8slFb2— ANI (@ANI_news) May 25, 2017
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 on Wednesday 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.
Delhi: EAM Sushma Swaraj meets family of Uzma, who said she was forced to marry a Pakistani man at gunpoint. She returned to India today. pic.twitter.com/zWPVBG5jC1— ANI (@ANI_news) May 25, 2017
She crossed into India through the Wagah Border crossing near Amritsar. She was accompanied by Indian mission officials and escorted by Pakistani police personnel.