29 Nov 2023

Anju who travelled from Rajasthan to Pakistan to marry her Pakistani FB friend returns to India, says...


Anju Rafael, the 34-year-old woman from Rajasthan who had travelled to Pakistan to marry her Facebook friend Nasrullah in July, returned to India on Wednesday via the Wagah Border. She was taken to a Border Security Force camp where she was interrogated. She could also be taken to New Delhi for further interrogation.

Anju, now known as Fatima, was living in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa since July. According to Pakistani media reports, Anju had converted to Islam after allegedly marrying her Facebook friend, Nasrullah.

While speaking about her time in Pakistan, Anju told reporters that she was happy and that she had been treated with warmth while she was there, praising the hospitality of the people.

Initially, Anju and Nasrullah claimed that they had no plans to get married and would return to India on August 20 when her visa expires. However, the couple got married a day after making such claims.

In August, Pakistan extended by one year the visa of Anju, who was renamed Fatima following her conversion to Islam and marriage to Nasrullah.

Anju badly missed her children

In September, Anju's husband Nasrullah had said that his wife was "mentally disturbed and badly missing" her children.

A month later in October, reports emerged that Anju was planning a visit home to meet her two children, a daughter and a son.

Anju, a married woman from Rajasthan’s Bhiwadi district, travelled all the way to Pakistan's northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province to meet her FB friend.

Anju had told her first husband that she was going to Jaipur

At that time she had told Arvind Kumar, her first husband of 10 years, that she was going to Jaipur for a few days. However, her husband later came to know via the media that she had gone across the border.

Earlier, Arvind had said his wife was in touch with him via WhatsApp. However, on the day she left for Lahore, Anju called Arvind and said that she was in Lahore and would return in two to three days.

After news of her marriage in Pakistan emerged, Arvind Kumar, filed a case under sections 366 (kidnapping woman to compel her to marry), 494 (marrying another person without divorcing the previous partner), 500 (defamation) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code.

When asked about Anju’s rumoured lover in Pakistan, Arvind said he was aware of her relationship and that he expressed hope that his wife would come back to him one day.

The couple, who have two children together, got married after Anju had converted to Christianity to be with Arvind.

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