Karachi: Converting to Islam for getting married with Pakistani national has proved to be a costly affair for an Indian woman Shabnam who has been held hostage for nearly 13-years.

After tireless efforts of Pakistani human rights commission, hope has rekindled for her home coming. Interestingly, Pakistani national Gul Mohammad Khan had met with Shirley Ann House at Ahmadabad in India and both married in year 1997.

She had a traumatic experience when she reached Karachi on a six month visa along with her new born baby thirteen years ago. Here she met with Gul Khan’s wife and his six children. Her Indian passport was seized and she was locked inside a room.

When the matter came to light, Pakistani Human Rights Commission and social workers Asma Jahangir and Ansar Burney strived hard for sending her back to India.

She is in touch with her relatives through mobile and internet. While talking to a newspaper she said that her life had turned into a hell. She further said she had not moved out of the room for a number of years. Her daughter has not gone to any school.

Now Shabnam is willing to come back to India. Abdul Hai and Ansar Burney have said that her family members living at Ahmedabad have sought their help for Shabnam’s release.

When she expresses her desire to go back to India, she along with her daughter is beaten. She can talk to her relatives only in presence of her husband. However, she managed to speak to her family members a few months ago and narrated her woes to them.

Following which her family members have started making efforts to bring her back to India. They have written letters to the Union Home Secretary, Indian High Commissioner in Pakistan and Human Rights Activist Asma Jahangir. Meanwhile, local police have interrogated woman’s Pakistani husband Gul and his wife.

A petition has been filed in the Sind High Court in connection with her torture.

JPN\Bureau

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