Anju is an Indian woman who went to Pakistan in July 2023 to meet her Pakistani boyfriend, Nasrullah, while being married and having a husband and children in India.
Anju Rafael was born in her maternal grandparent’s village named Kailor in Madhogarh Block in Jalaun District of Uttar Pradesh, India. According to her passport, she was born on Sunday, 25 December 1988 (age 34 years; as of 2022), and as per details submitted in her Pakistan Visa Application, she was born on Monday, 12 December 1988 (age 34 years; as of 2022).
She hails from Bona village near BSF Academy in Tekanpur in Dabra Tehsil of the Gwalior district of Madhya Pradesh. She studied till 8th standard at a Government school in Kurauti, Jalaun. Amar Ujala As per her father, she studied till 12th standard, and as of July 2023, she was working as a security personnel at a Honda two-wheeler showroom.
Height (approx.): 5′ 5″
Weight (approx.): 55 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
She belongs to a middle-class family.
Parents & Siblings
Anju’s father’s name is Gaya Prasad Thomas who is a tailor, and her mother’s name is Sulochana Thomas who is a housewife.
She has four younger sisters and one brother named David Thomas who is the youngest among them. One of her younger sisters lives in Goa, and her brother lived in Bhiwadi with her.
Husband & Children
Her husband’s name is Arvind Rafael who hails from Ballia district of Uttar Pradesh and lives in Bhiwadi near Alwar district of Rajasthan. She has a 13-year-old daughter and a 6-year-old son.
Her grandfather worked in BSF (Border Security Force). She has an Uncle named Ashok who works as a Hawaldar in BSF. Her maternal grandfather’s name is Sitaram who was a teacher at a Government school in Kurauti, Jalaun, and her maternal uncle’s name is Roshanlal Verma.
Anju became friends with Nasrullah, a native of the Kulsho village in the Upper Dir district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan, on the social networking website Facebook in 2020. Nasrullah’s father’s name is Gulimula Khan, and he is the youngest of five brothers. He is a science graduate from Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University, Sheringal. They later became very close friends. In July 2023, after crossing over to Pakistan, Anju said that she has a very deep affection for Nasrullah who is six years younger than her.
Flat no. 704, Terra Elegance, Bhiwadi, Alwar, Rajasthan
Journey to meet Pakistan’s Nasrullah
She applied for Visa to travel to Pakistan in May 2023 which was approved on 4 May 2023, and she was permitted to travel within 90 days and was allowed to stay for 30 days.
On 20 July 2023 July 2023, she left her home and travelled from Alwar to Delhi, then took a bus from Delhi to Attari–Wagah border, and then crossed over to Pakistan and went to Lahore on 22 July 2023. Nasrullah received her in Rawalpindi. In an interview, her brother David said that Anju had initially told her family that she was going to Jaipur to meet her sister; however, she instead went to Amritsar and informed her family about the same after reaching there. She then went to Lahore and informed her family that she would return after a few days. Before going to Pakistan, she also went on a leisure trip to Goa where her sister lives. YouTube – Navbharat Times
Stay in Pakistan
When the news of her travel to Pakistan emerged, people started speculating that she had travelled to marry her friend, Nasrullah; however, she denied the news and said that she is only there to meet him and view the beauty of Pakistan. Nasrullah also said that there was no love angle to their connection, and she was living there safely in a separate female room at his house. India Today Pakistan police officials also checked her visa application and confirmed that her travel was legal and valid, and she would return to India on 20 August 2023.
On 25 July 2023, a few media reports became viral which claimed that she has accepted Islam and changed her name to Fatima. Reports also claimed that she has gotten married to Nasrullah in a nikah ceremony and took gold worth Rs 22 lakhs. The Times of India
On the contrary, a few media reports emerged on the evening of 25 July 2023 which claimed that she has not converted to Islam, and the news regarding her conversion and marriage were totally fake. Amar Ujala Anju also released a video in which she said that she was happy in Pakistan and requested Indian media and people to not harass her children and family.
When this news reached her family, her father said that Anju should not return and rather die in Pakistan. He also claimed that he had no relation with Anju for 20 years. A video was shown on social media in which Anju and Nasrullah were seen visiting the Lawari Tunnel which connects the Dir Upper district with the Chitral district.
On 28 July 2023, a video emerged in which she was seen eating dinner with Nasrullah and his friends while wearing a burqa. Nasrullah talked to an Indian reporter on 28 July 2023 and said that he was married to Anju and would not leave her.
पहाड़ों वाले वीडियो की रौनक गायब है..
— Kuldeep Panwar (@Sports_Kuldeep) July 27, 2023
He also claimed that Anju was living separately from her husband for three years and had also submitted a petition to divorce him before coming to Pakistan. Nasrullah said that Anju would return to Pakistan and then bring her children along with her to Pakistan. Nasrullah said that if Anju did not return to Pakistan, he would come to India to bring her back. These claims were denied by her husband who said that he was still married to Anju. He also claimed that their children do not want Anju to return and do not want to live with her. ABP News ETV Bharat
- Many Indian news reports claimed that the Pakistan government has announced that if Anju lives with Nasrullah in Pakistan, she would be given a government job and a house to live in. ABP News
- In an interview, Anju’s husband claimed that she is a pathological liar and often fought with him over the smallest of things; however, he never imagined that she would take such a drastic step. ETV Bharat
- While Indian Public shamed her for leaving her family alone, the Pakistani public said that she has taken such a step as India is unsafe for women. Many songs were also released shaming Anju and narrating her love story with Nasrullah. Many songs also compared her to Seema Haider who crossed over to India to live with her boyfriend, Sachin Meena.
- Many news reports claimed that Anju has been trapped by Pakistan’s intelligence department ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence) and would be killed in Pakistan. YouTube – Aaj Tak
- On 27 July 2023, it was reported that a Chinese woman named Sun Gaofang also came to Islamabad to meet her lover, Javed, in a similar instance to Anju. Samaa English