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Hubballi youth waits for Pakistani wife 

Hubballi: After a two-year courtship, Hubballi’s Daniel Henry Devanur married his beau and distant relative, Silvia Noreen, at a church in Pakistan last year.

Nine months later, Daniel, an Indian citizen, is running from pillar to post to bring his bride, a Pakistani national, home.

The marriage is facing diplomatic and procedural hitches: Daniel must get a sponsorship certificate signed by an Indian gazette officer to facilitate his wife’s India journey; the groom must inform the Indian government about his marriage in Pakistan.

Daniel has now tweeted external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj with a bailout message.

Daniel is from Basaveshwarnagar of Hubballi and works with a private cellphone company.

His bride, Silvia, is a distant relative of his mother, whose family’s roots are in West Bengal and have been staying in Pakistan before Partition.

“I fell in love with Silvia in 2014 and we got married on June 25, 2016. Since my parents did not have passports, I went to Pakistan alone and got married in the presence of other relatives at United Pentecostal Church in Lahore and later at a court. I returned to India after a few days,” he told Times of India.

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