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Married in Pakistan, Man Approaches Sushma Swaraj to Help Get His Wife to India

A photo Daniel Henry Devanur and Silvia Noorin after getting married. Credit: DP Satish/ CNN-News18

A photo Daniel Henry Devanur and Silvia Noorin after getting married. Credit: DP Satish/ CNN-News18

A cross-border marriage has left a man from Karnataka in the lurch. Daniel Henry Devanur is from Hubli in north Karnataka while his wife lives in Lahore, Pakistan.

Bengaluru: A cross-border marriage has left a man from Karnataka in a lurch.

Daniel Henry Devanur is from Hubli in north Karnataka while his wife lives in Lahore, Pakistan.

All efforts get her a visa to travel to India have failed and he is now knocking on the doors of External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj.

The 22-year-old married his distant relative, 21-year-old Silvia Noorin, at a Lahore Church on June 25, 2016 and then returned to India on July 11.

Noorin approached Pakistani authorities to get a sponsorship certificate which is a must to apply for an Indian visa. This certificate has to be signed by an “A” grade official of the Pakistan government. But no Pakistani official is ready to sign it.

Speaking to CNN-News18, Devanur said, “My wife has approached every Pakistani official in Lahore. Unfortunately, no one is ready to sign the documents. They are not giving any reasons. Without that Indian High Commission will not give her a Visa to be with me. It has been nine months since we met for the last time. We are so much worried about our future.”

He has met Dharwad MP Prahlad Joshi, seeking help. According to Devanur, Joshi has promised to take it up with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. Devanur has also tweeted all relevant documents to Swaraj, asking her for help.