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A city court on Thursday directed that a 50-year-old Pakistani woman, who has been staying in Delhi for the past 30 years following her marriage to an Indian in 1983, be deported to Pakistan as she had been living here illegally on an expired visa.
Nuzhat Jahan had been convicted of the offence of overstaying her visa by a magisterial court and had appealed in a sessions court on humanitarian grounds.
But Additional Sessions Judge Narinder Kumar directed that she be deported to Pakistan without any delay. After the order was pronounced on Thursday, Nuzhat and her husband Gulfam broke down in court and asked the judge for leniency. The court in its order said due to the strict provisions of the law, it did not have the power to pass any lenient order.
Nuzhat had filed a plea against the order of the magisterial court saying she had spent 30 years in India and her two sons and a daughter were also married here.
"Although the accused and her family members have to suffer on account of deportation, this court has no option but to uphold the order of the magistrate as the law so requires," the judge said. He, however, reduced her sentence to 6-day imprisonment and fine of Rs 2,000.
Nuzhat got married to Gulfam, an Indian, on August 2, 1983, and came to India on May 23, 1985. She then applied for a long-term visa which was granted to her and her passport was also extended up to September 1993. Her long-term visa was extended again.
Later, she was sent reminders and notices for visa extension and passport revalidation in 2000 and 2002 but there was no response. Nuzhat was then arrested and a case registered against her.
An official of the passport section in the Delhi Secretariat told the court that after 1993, Nuzhat was sent several notices reminding her about the expiry of her visa and passport but she did not take any steps to get them extended.