"she will not be forgiven by the tribe"
Seema Haider, who illegally entered India to live with her lover, has been shunned by family members and neighbours in her native Pakistan.
The woman and Sachin Meena befriended each other whilst playing PUBG.
It soon turned to love and Seema embarked on a journey with her four children to be with him, illegally entering India.
She was arrested for illegal entry while Sachin was detained for sheltering illegal immigrants.
While Seema has since been released, her neighbours and family members have stated that they do not want her to return to Pakistan.
Seema married Saudi Arabia-based Ghulam Haider after eloping against their parents’ wishes. But she left him over his abusive behaviour.
One neighbour said: “We saw her call a taxi and leave one day with her children and some bags and we thought she was going to her village in Jacobabad.
“But after nearly a month, when we heard about her escapade on TV channels, we were all shocked.”
Her native home is located in a conservative area and many have stated it is best that Seema does not return.
One neighbour named Jamal said:
“If ever she thinks of coming back, she will not be forgiven by the tribe and secondly her decision to stay with a Hindu has angered everyone now.”
Meanwhile, religious leaders have threatened to punish Seema if she returns.
SSP Kashmore-Kandhot Irfan Samoo said there are anomalies in Seema’s documents and story.
He said: “Her national identity card says she was born in 2002. So, she should be 21 years of age now and yet she has four children all up to the age of six years.”
The police have also asked Ghulam Haider to return from Saudi Arabia.
According to SSP Samoo, a woman from a rural background would not have the knowledge to plan a journey to India via Dubai and Nepal.
A police officer added:
“The husband also keeps changing his stories to the police.”
“First, he said he bought the house now he says he paid one million rupees to Seema’s family to settle a tribal decision when they first fled to Karachi.
“One thing is clear Seema was frustrated with her husband’s absence and being forced to take care of four children by herself as she had no support even from her in-laws.”
Mobile shop owner Malik said that Seema would often be in the shop to top-up her phone balance.
He said: “She always wore a chaddar over her head and had half of her face covered and also didn’t talk much so that is what surprised me when I learnt about her decision.”
Maulvi Samiuddin, a prayer leader in the neighbourhood mosque, labelled Seema evil.
He said: “Husbands should never leave their wives alone for years, and parents need to constantly keep a watch on their daughters and sisters or we will have more such incidents in future as well because most people, especially women, are not educated enough in such poor neighbourhoods to understand the consequences of their actions.
“She has brought shame to Muslims and Pakistan. She will sooner or later face punishment for her actions.”