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Citizens of nowhere: Caught in India-Pak tangle

DNMUM380998 | 1/10/2017 | Author : Naziya Alvi | WC :808 | India

Hundreds of citizenship cases of children born to Indian mothers and Pak fathers are pending with Maharashtra home dept

Mumbai: It can be traumatic for any woman to learn that her husband is gay. And when the husband in question is from Pakistan and the wife from India, it’s a story that goes beyond personal anguish to get enmeshed in the complicated tangle that the two countries are forever caught in.
Ask Salma*, whose marriage lasted just a year and who has been fighting a lone battle for her 11-year-old daughter’s nationality. The resident from Mumbra was married to Karachi-based Salman* in 2005. She was from a lower middle class family who had managed to complete her masters in economics, and he a rich brat who claimed to be an engineer but was actually a school dropout.
“There was no means to cross-check. And we believed them as they we
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