An Indian woman, Anju, journeyed from India to Pakistan to meet a friend she connected with on Facebook. She found herself in Deer Bala, an area in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. However, the journey was legal and properly documented, with the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi formally issuing a letter to her.
Confirmation of Anju’s Marriage
By Tuesday, Nasir Mehmood Sati, the Malakand Division DIG, confirmed Anju’s marriage to a man named Nasrullah. Anju converted to Islam and changed her name to Fatima as part of the marriage process. The couple got married in a local court, and afterwards, Fatima (formerly Anju) was escorted home by police.
Fatima’s Statement and Impressions of Pakistan
In her statement, Fatima said she visited Nasrullah of her own free will, noting the friendly locals and beautiful surroundings.
The Reaction of Anju’s Father
However, Fatima’s father, Gaya Prasad Thomas, has not taken kindly to his daughter’s actions. In an interview with the Indian media, Thomas expressed his disappointment and anger over his daughter’s actions, stating, “The way she ran away leaving her two children and husband behind, she did not even think about her children.” He insisted that Fatima should have divorced her first husband if she wished to marry someone else.
Gaya Prasad Thomas has also disowned his daughter, saying, “Now she is dead to us”. He refuses to appeal to the Indian government to bring Fatima back to India.
The father expressed his concerns about the future of Fatima’s children, who were left behind in India. “What will happen to her children? What will happen to her husband? What will happen to his 13-year-old daughter and five-year-old son?” Thomas lamented. He feels that Fatima has ruined the future of her children and her husband by her actions.