Married Indian woman Anju travels to Pakistan, weds Facebook friend after converting to Islam

Married Indian woman Anju travels to Pakistan, weds Facebook friend after converting to Islam

Who is Anju? Indian married woman weds Facebook friend in Pakistan, converts to Islam

Anju, a 34-year-old married woman and mother of two from Rajasthan, India, has recently made headlines for her cross-border love story. She travelled legally to Pakistan on a tourist visa to meet her Facebook friend Nasrullah, a 29-year-old resident of Upper Dir district in the tribal Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. However, what was supposed to be a friendly visit turned into a controversial affair when Anju reportedly converted to Islam and married Nasrullah in a local court.

The story of Anju and Nasrullah has sparked curiosity and debate among the public and the media, as it involves several sensitive issues such as religion, nationality, marital status, and social norms. Here are some facts and details about the duo and their relationship:

- Anju was born in Uttar Pradesh's Kailor village and moved to Rajasthan's Alwar district after marrying Arvind in 2007. They have two children - a 15-year-old girl and a six-year-old boy. Anju worked as a data-entry operator at a private firm in Bhiwadi.
- Nasrullah lives in Upper Dir district, which is located near the border with Afghanistan. He works as a labourer and earns about Rs 10,000 per month.
- Anju and Nasrullah became friends on Facebook in 2019 and started chatting regularly. They also exchanged phone numbers and video calls. According to Nasrullah, they shared common interests and hobbies such as music and movies.
- Anju applied for a Pakistani visa in May 2021 and received it on 4 May. She told her husband that she was going to Jaipur for a job interview and left home on 8 July. She crossed the Wagah border and reached Lahore, where Nasrullah received her. They then travelled to Upper Dir by bus.
- Anju's husband Arvind filed a missing person complaint on 11 July after he failed to contact her. He later received a call from Anju on 18 July, when she told him that she was in Lahore and would return to India soon.
- On 20 July, Anju and Nasrullah appeared before a local court in Upper Dir and requested security from the government, claiming that their lives were in danger. They also denied any reports of getting married or converting to Islam.
- On 21 July, however, several videos went viral on social media showing Anju and Nasrullah travelling around Upper Dir with police protection. Anju was seen wearing a burqa and a hijab, while Nasrullah was seen holding her hand. Some Pakistani news sites also reported that Anju had changed her name to Fatima after converting to Islam and marrying Nasrullah in the presence of family members, police personnel, and lawyers.
- The Malakand Division Deputy Inspector General Nasir Mehmood Satti confirmed the marriage of Anju and Nasrullah, stating that the woman had taken the name of Fatima after conversion to Islam². He also said that Anju had given a written statement that she had come to Pakistan with her own consent and was not forced or coerced by anyone.
- The Indian High Commission in Islamabad said that it was aware of the case and was in touch with the Pakistani authorities to verify the facts and facilitate Anju's return to India if she wished so². The Ministry of External Affairs also said that it was providing consular assistance to Anju.
- Anju's visa is valid till 4 August and she can return to India anytime before that. However, it is not clear whether she wants to go back or stay with Nasrullah. According to some sources, Anju has expressed her desire to live with Nasrullah in Pakistan. However, according to others, she has said that she will return to India by 20 August.

The story of Anju and Nasrullah has raised many questions and concerns among the people of both countries. Some have criticised Anju for betraying her husband and children, while others have praised her for following her heart. Some have accused Nasrullah of luring Anju into Islam, while others have defended him for respecting her choice. Some have expressed doubts about the legality and validity of their marriage, while others have wished them happiness.

What do you think about this cross-border love story? Do you think Anju and Nasrullah should be allowed to live together or should they be separated? Share your views in the comments section below.


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