Punjab NGO pays fine of Rs four lakh to release Pakistani mother and her India-born daughter

Punjab NGO pays fine of Rs four lakh to release Pakistani mother and her India-born daughter

AMRITSAR, April07: A fine of Rs four lakh was paid to the Indian court by Batala-based NGO ‘Sarbat Da Bhala’ to save a Pakistani mother and her India-born daughter.

The Pakistani woman, Fatima, along with her sister was arrested at the Attarirailway station in 2006 while they were travelling from Pakistan to India in Samjhouta train.

Both the women were arrested for the possession of contraband drugs.

The Indian court pronounced her ten years of rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs four lakh after finding her convicted and also stated that if they were unable to pay off the fine, they will have to spend more time in the prison.
At the time of arrest, Fatima was pregnant and had delivered a girl, Hina, in the jail.
President of Society for Women Empowerment and Green Causes Advocate Navjot Kaur Chabba, who is facilitating the release of the two women and Indian girl Hina, said that she had met all the three in the jail on Thursday.
“Both of them are very happy with their early release and have expressed gratitude towards everyone pursuing their case and have also urged the Pakistan government and Pak NGOs to come forward to help Indians lodged in Pak jail,” she said.
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