Bride-to-be dumped by fi­ancee af­ter she was de­ported to In­dia

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES NATION -

Hy­der­abad: The rings had been ex­changed; the trousseau packed; the fairy tale scripted. On a bright Fe­bru­ary morn­ing in Hy­der­abad, Su­jatha would marry the man of her dreams and fly away into the lit­tle bub­ble that they had built to­gether in the US, over the last five years.

But this per­fect nar­ra­tive took a cruel turn on Jan­uary 7, when the young bride-to-be landed at the Ne­wark air­port only to be met by a bunch of US Cus­toms and Bor­der Pro­tec­tion of­fi­cers. They whisked her away into a cramped in­ter­ro­ga­tion room, found Univer­sity of Farm­ing­ton doc­u­ments in her lug­gage, and 10 hours later pro­nounced her fate: go back to In­dia now and do not re­turn for five years.

Su­jatha had just re­turned to the US af­ter a short break to fin­ish her wed­ding shop­ping.

Three days and mul­ti­ple rounds of scru­tiny later – at Dubai and Hy­der­abad air­ports — she was back home in In­dia, but only to be dealt with the big­gest blow of her life. Her boyfriend-turned­fi­ancée had called off the en­gage­ment. Still in the US with a re­spectable job, Sai* wasn’t sure if a long-dis­tance re­la­tion­ship would work. Also, he had aged par­ents to sup­port. So, re­turn­ing to In­dia, only to marry Su­jatha wasn’t an op­tion.

“Ever since, she has been shat­tered. She’s locked her­self up in the house and isn’t speak­ing to any­one. That peo­ple in the fam­ily’s so­cial cir­cles are only talk­ing about the two of them, has only made things more dif­fi­cult for her par­ents and her,” said a shat­tered un­cle, Srini- vas* re­it­er­at­ing the hor­rific ex­pe­ri­ence that the girl went through dur­ing those days in Jan­uary.

While the pa­pers that Su­jatha signed be­fore be­ing de­ported (copies of which are with TOI) in­di­cates that she vol­un­tar­ily ad­mit­ted to hav­ing com­mit­ted a “F1 visa fraud” and agreed to be “re­moved from the United States un­der the Ex­pe­dited Re­moval pro­vi­sion”, her un­cle says that she knew noth­ing about it un­til she landed in the city. “It was only at the Hy­der­abad air­port that this 10-page doc­u­ment was handed over to her. In Ne­wark, Su­jatha was just in­structed to sign them without ask­ing ques­tions,” he claimed, adding, “Once she saw the pa­pers, she also re­alised that she had been barred from reen­ter­ing the US for a pe­riod of five years.”

(All names changed)

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