[The Washington Post] American woman ‘desperate’ after being jailed for months in India on visa violation

NEW DELHI — A 51-year-old American citizen has been held in an Indian jail for more than three months after she arrived at a border crossing without a passport or visa.

Farida Malik, who lives in California, was traveling from Kathmandu, Nepal, to New Delhi by bus in July, court documents say.

At the Indian border, she told officials that she had left her passport in Kathmandu and showed them a photo of it on her phone. Border personnel said they checked her passport in their system and found that she had not applied for an Indian visa.

Rather than return Malik to Nepal, they arrested her and charged her with violating India’s visa and passport statutes. Her trial began this week.

This story was originally published on October 23, 2019. Read the full story here.

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