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'India's daughter' Uzma returns home after Pakistan ordeal

A young Indian woman, who said she was forced to marry a Pakistani man at gunpoint, Thursday returned home via the Wagah Border, with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj saying she felt "sorry for all that you have gone through."

Describing Uzma Ahmad as "India's daughter", Swaraj welcomed her to India.

"I am sorry for all that you have gone through," she tweeted.

Uzma, who is in her early 20s, hails from New Delhi. She was allowed by the Islamabad High Court Wednesday to return to India following a plea she filed with the court requesting its directive after her husband Tahir Ali took her immigration papers.

Accompanied by Indian mission officials and escorted by Pakistani police personnel, she crossed into India through the Wagah Border crossing near Amritsar.

"The Indian woman was happy and excited to leave for her homeland," a Pakistan Rangers official said. Media was not allowed to interact with Uzma.

She touched the ground after she entered the Indian territory. She has said she was forced to marry Tahir at gunpoint.

The two reportedly met in Malaysia and fell in love.

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."

"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.
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