New Delhi: External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said that the Indian High Commission has met stranded Hyderabad woman Mohammadia Begum (the name on her passport) in Pakistan and was ensuring her safe return to India. Sushma Swaraj had received YouTube SOS from Mohammad Akbar, father of Mohammadia Begum in which he has said that his daughter was being mistreated by her in-laws in Pakistan. Following the message, Swaraj on Monday assured him that she has asked Indian High Commission to renew her Indian passport and facilitate her return to India.
“I received a Youtube message from Shri Mohammad Akbar that his daughter Mohammadia Begum an, Indian national was married in Pakistan and was being ill-treated by her inlaws Our mission sent a Note Verbale requesting the safety, security and well-being of Mohammadia Begum. “Our mission sent a Note Verbale requesting the safety, security and well-being of Mohammadia Begum,” the External Affairs minister tweeted yesterday.
“Our High Commission officials met Mohammadia Begum and she expressed her desire to return to India.I have asked Indian High Commission to renew her Indian passport and facilitate her return to India,” Sushma Swaraj added.
Meanwhile, the stranded Indian woman spoke to her mother Hajara Begum, who is in Hyderabad over phone and informed that her husband Muhammad Younis beat her up and locked her in a room after Indian High Commission officials met her.The 44-year-old broke down while narrating the ill-treatment at the hands of her husband and in-laws. The mother advised her to have patience and wait for the help from the High Commission.
Her mother said that Younis had been abusing her daughter. “He even tells the children to keep themselves away from her as she is a Hindustani and all Hindustanis are Hindus.” Younis has even threatened that he will not allow her go back to India alive. He reportedly married another woman, a Pakistani.
Earlier in January, Mohammad Akbar who is a cycle mechanic had sent an e-mail to Sushma Swaraj, seeking help in bringing back his daughter. He had alleged that Muhammad Younis, who married her daughter in year 1996 concealed his actual nationality and claimed to be from Oman. “The ‘nikah’ was performed over telephone through some agent and Begum joined Younis, a mechanic, in Muscat. After 12 years of marriage, Begum got a shock when Younis, who had lost his job, disclosed that he was a Pakistani,” her father said.
In the year 2012, Mohammadia Begum had visited Hyderabad. That was her only visit to India post-marriage in 21 years.
(With inputs from agencies)