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Islamabad, May 24, 2017: Today, the Islamabad High Court in Pakistan has allowed an Indian woman to return to India, who has sought refuge at the Indian mission here after accusing a Pakistani man of forcibly marrying her, a media report said.

In her early 20s, Uzma had traveled to Pakistan earlier this month, in May. She said that the Pakistani national Tahir Ali “forced” her to marry him at gunpoint. This incident seems not uncommon as forceful marriage is a common incident in the country.

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Pleas were filed by both Uzma and Ali and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani in charge of the case. While Uzma had requested to be repatriated to India, Ali has asked to be allowed to meet his wife, mentioned PTI.

Uzma, who hails from New Delhi was assured by the High Court assured that she is free to return to India at any point and will be escorted to the Wagah Border with police security, Dawn newspaper reported.

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During the hearing, the judge asked Uzma if she wished to speak to her husband but she refused. Further, Uzma has alleged that her travel documents were also stolen by Ali.

On May 12, Uzma had petitioned the court with the request and had submitted a medical report, showing that her daughter was suffering from thalassemia – an inherited blood disorder characterized by abnormal hemoglobin production – and she urgently needed to return to India, mentioned PTI report.

Uzma and Ali reportedly met in Malaysia and fell in love, after which she traveled to Pakistan on May 1 via the Wagah Border. The two contracted nikkah (marriage) on May 3.

– prepared by Staff writer at NewsGram.

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Indian Mission in Houston Shares Helpline Numbers for Texas Floods

On Monday, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted that the 200 Indian students were "surrounded by neck-deep water".

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Houston, August 30, 2017: With some 200 Indian students of the University of Houston affected by floods in the wake of tropical storm Harvey, the Indian mission in the Texas city on Tuesday shared helpline numbers for worried families and relatives back in India.

“We are getting understandably a number of communications from worried friends and relatives in India seeking details about family and friends in distress in Houston due to flooding or informing us about whereabouts of friends/family who might require rescue,” Indian Consul General in Houston Anupam Ray said in a statement.

“We will do our best to help in every such case,” he said.

Ray said that for specific queries about specific individuals, Consul Ravindra Joshi can be contacted at +18322311988, adding that the normal emergency line, +17136262149, was functioning.

“In case the lines are overwhelmed please leave a voice mail and we will return the call,” he added.

As one of the most destructive storms in the US history lashed southeast Texas, forecasts have warned of still more rain, making clear that massive flooding that had turned neighbourhoods into lakes was just the start of a disaster that would take years to overcome, The New York Times reported.

So far, 10 deaths were reported with six of them in Harris county which includes Houston, the country’s fourth largest city, the report said.

On Monday, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted that the 200 Indian students were “surrounded by neck-deep water”.

“We made efforts for delivery of food but US Coast Guard did not allow as boats were required for rescue operations,” she said.

However, later in the evening, Consul General Ray said that the Indian students were safe and have been provided with food. (IANS)