Forced to live separately for three months, Delhi-based Gulfam and his Pakistani wife Nuzhat Jahan can celebrate Eid together thanks to the Delhi High Court.
The court on Wednesday directed the Delhi police to free her immediately from a beggar’s home at Nirmal Chhaya where she was lodged after being released from jail.
She had been imprisoned as a punishment for violating visa rules.
Nuzhat had been overstaying after September 1994 when her visa had expired. Her request for Indian citizenship also was yet to be considered.
“We do not find any justification in her detention in a solitary confinement in the beggar’s home, especially when she was taking necessary steps to seek renewal of her passport and extension of her Long Term Visa”, said a bench headed by justice Kailash Gambhir.
Allowing Nuzhat’s plea for release, the court said: “It would be too cruel on our part to confine the petitioner in isolation, away from her husband, children and even grandchildren in the beggars home on the joyous and much awaited feast of Eid,” said a bench headed by justice Kailash Gambhir.
The court also asked centre’s counsel Jatan Singh to ensure that a decision on her plea for extension of long-term visa is taken within three weeks.
Nuzhat has been residing in Turkman gate, Delhi since 1983 along with her husband Mohd Gulfam, an Indian citizen, had applied for renewal of her Pakistani passport in 1994.
It was denied by the Pakistani High Commission who asked her to apply for Indian citizenship.
On this account her visa was also not renewed by the Indian government.
She then applied for Indian citizenship on 13th June 1996 which has been ‘pending consideration’ since then.