Jammu and Kashmir
Srinagar, May 1: Abandoned by her husband and disowned by her own country, a young Pakistani woman, along with her four-year-old daughter, is awaiting help of a real-life Bajrangi Bhaijaan to reunite with her family.
Rubeena, 22, and her child, Chand Tara, has been put up in the Kot Bhalwal prison of Jammu since November 2012.
It is the responsibility of the state government to seek full details of the petitioner and to ensure deportation of her along with her minor child as directed by this court, said Justice Ali Mohammad Magray of J&K High Court
But the respondent state has left it to the counsel who is a lady without any human support and it is the counsel who has come forward to help the lady and prosecute the petition, he added.
Rubeena, who hails from Musa Colony in Pakistan’s Hyderabad city, was arrested by Jammu and Kashmir Police along with her daughter, who was a toddler then, in Kanachak area of Jammu in November 2012 when she was found moving in a suspicious manner. She was perhaps advised by some people to go to Jammu and try crossing the border on her own.
She was booked under Section 14 of the Foreigners Act.
Rubeena was abandoned by her husband, who allegedly brought her to Delhi on the pretext of medical treatment. She then travelled to Wagah border with a hope to cross over to her country. But she was turned away as did not have any document to prove her claims. Then Rubeena was directed to go to Jammu where she was arrested and sent to prison, said Mir Shafaqat Hussain, her counsellor
Mir met Rubeena by chance in Kot Bhalwal jail. He had gone to meet detainees whose cases he contest in the courts. She was also there. She broke down and narrated her story. Mir then assured her that he would fight her case in the court.
What came as a rude shock was Pakistan’s report not confirming Rubeena’s nationality. This followed the meeting of the officials of Pakistan High Commission with Rubeena at central jail Amritsar on February 26 2013.
Hearing the matter, Justice Hasnain Masoodi of the high court in May 2014 asked the authorties to deport Rubeena and her daughter to Pakistan within four weeks in May 2014. However, she was not deported because of Pakistan did not confirm her nationality.