This appears to be the spring of cross-border romances.
Days after sporting icons Sania Mirza of India and Shoaib Malik of Pakistan tied the knot, yet another transnational couple — this time from — are saying true love knows no line of actual control.
Chinese girl Yi Yan Yun, 34, crossed miles to be with her 26-year-old Indian lover Muhamed Jasim.
Both are deaf and mute, and met online three years ago.
Last month, on hearing that Jasim had had an accident, Yi flew to Kozhikode in Kerala on a tourist visa. She stayed at Nilambur village in Malappuram district and nursed her lover back to health. Now, they don’t want to separate. But visa problems are playing the villain of the piece.
Yi’s visa expires this week and she faces arrest if she overstays.
She can, of course, marry Jasim under India’s Special Marriages Act.
But the couple has to wait for at least a month after submitting the application before their marriage can be solemnised.
Understandably, Jasim’s relatives and friends are wary of sending him to China without valid papers.
“We are awaiting a no-objection certificate from the Chinese embassy. If we get it before her visa expires, they can get married,” Jasim’s family friend Mujeeb Devaserry told HT.
“Chinese laws are stringent. How can we send Jasim without getting valid papers?” Devaserry asked.