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Indian woman ‘forced to marry Pakistani at gunpoint’ returns

Indian woman 'forced to marry Pakistani at gunpoint' returns

Uzma Indian woman 'forced to marry Pakistani at gunpoint' returns

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Uzma arrived in India after going to Pakistan earlier this month

An Indian woman who alleges she was forced by a Pakistani man to marry him at gunpoint has returned to India, a day after a court in Islamabad granted her request to leave.

The woman, named only as Uzma, was escorted across the Wagah border by Indian high commission officials.

She had accused her husband, Tahir Ali, of torturing her. He had denied the allegation and accused her of lying.

The incident comes amid increasing tension between India and Pakistan.

On Thursday, India's Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted, welcoming her return.

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Pakistani security officials escorted Uzma, who is in her early 20s, to the border crossing in the morning and she is expected to reach her home in Delhi later in the day.

Uzma's return comes as India and Pakistan trade accusations over violence in disputed Kashmir, which both countries claim.

Tensions also rose after Pakistan sentenced an Indian national, Kulbhushan Jadhav, to death on charges of spying.

Uzma met Tahir Ali in Malaysia and fell in love with him, according to media reports.

She then travelled to Pakistan earlier this month where, she said, she was forced into marriage on 3 May.

On 12 May, she filed an appeal in the Islamabad High Court, accusing her husband of harassing and intimidating her and taking away her travel documents to stop her from leaving Pakistan.

She told the court that he had not told her that he was a married father-of-four and that she had been "terribly beaten… tortured physically and mentally".

Mr Ali denied all the charges against him – he said she knew about his marital status and accused her of lying.

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