Mariam, a Pakistani-Indian woman from the state of Punjab, had gone to Pakistan to attend a wedding ceremony and return home, but was not allowed to leave the country, and was then raped by a man.
Her husband, who has since been released, has not yet returned.
Mariam, who is now 29, told the Hindu: “I didn’t know what to do.
I was terrified, I felt like my husband had killed me.
I cried a lot.
I don’t want to talk about it.
I want to get the help.
I can’t go back to my husband.”
Mariam told the Hindustan Times that her husband was a migrant worker who worked at a construction site.
“I was in a very difficult situation because my husband worked at the site.
He was doing a job where he would get Rs 1,000 (US$2.50) per day.
He used to work as a migrant labourer.
He is a very good worker, but we were not allowed into Pakistan,” she said.
“When I returned home, my husband went to the police and the police said that they were investigating the case, but he didn’t give me any information.
The police didn’t tell me what happened to me.
My husband told me to stay with him and that he would come back when I came back home.
But then, a few days later, he told me that he was leaving, so I went to his house and told him that I wanted to stay there with him.”
I was crying a lot, I was scared.
I didn’t want my husband to come back to me, so when I went back to his home, he left me there.
I wanted justice.
Mariam had gone from the country to visit her husband, and said that the family was devastated by the rape.
“My husband has gone and left us.
We haven’t heard from him,” she added.
“It was very difficult for me to go back there and stay with my husband.
I felt very isolated and scared.
What should I do?
Where should I go?”
She went to an NGO called Women’s Emergency Relief Trust (WERT) to seek help, but it turned out that there were no such organisations in Punjab.
“The police took me to the local police station where I was told that they have registered a case of rape and rape in a police station, and that I had to get help,” Mariam said.
“They also told me how they had registered cases against my husband, but I didn�t believe it. They didn�re going to take the case.
The only person who had the case registered against my wife was the police station.
There were no other NGOs there,” she told the Indian Express.
In the absence of such NGOs, Mariam went to a local NGO, WEST, which she said she helped in her ordeal.
“We were able to get her information and help her, and she is now back home,” she explained.
“Now we have been able to look for the other victim and the accused.
We are now going to look at the CCTV footage to see if the accused is still in the area.”
She added that she has no further plans to go to Pakistan, where she said the local authorities were reluctant to take action against the accused due to fear of the publicity of her case.
“There was a police force that didn’t take action, even though we had a case registered,” she continued. “So I don�t think that any police will do anything about it now.”
She said that her story is an example of how people can be helped by organisations like WERT, which are available to the general public.
“This case is a warning to all women that if they are going to travel, they have to be careful,” she stressed.
“If a woman travels alone, she should wear a headscarf, and if she has a child, she must bring it with her.
But if a woman has been raped or a man has been caught in a rape, the police should not take action,” she concluded.