No one came to get me says Pakistani woman (5)
Menoona Safdar back in Italy after arranged marriage foiled
21 Settembre 2018
Milan, September 21 - A Pakistani woman whose arranged marriage in Pakistan was stopped by the Italian government said Friday she had slept in a hotel near Malpensa Airport and "no one came to get me". "I'm very happy to come back to Italy," 23-year-old Menoona Safdar told ANSA. "Last night I slept in a hotel, near Malpensa Airport. No one came to get me". She said "I didn't sleep much, I was very agitated but the return trip went well." On Friday Safdar saw her relatives but then left to go into a community home. Safdar had appealed for help to her old school after she was forced to return to Pakistan by her father to marry a man chosen by her family. The young woman said her father didn't reveal to her the real reason why he had taken her back to their country of origin until they had arrived. "Please help me, my future is in Italy", the young woman reportedly wrote, saying her documents were confiscated by family members upon arrival. "My father forced me to leave before I could finish my fourth year" of high school and "I know one of the professors was asking where I was". Italian Foreign Minister Enzo Moavero Milanesi announced on Thursday that Safdar was returning to Italy. Moavero expressed "great satisfaction" at the outcome of the case and said Safdar had already boarded a flight for Italy and was travelling back. The Italian foreign ministry said "the positive outcome, which ended a grave violation of the fundamental rights of the young woman, was rendered possible by the personal involvement of the minister" and the "effective action of our embassy in Islamabad, in close contact with the Farnesina (the foreign ministry)".