In a heart-wrenching Facebook post, Humans of Amsterdam documents the tale of love and loss of this Dutch woman

We hope she gets reunited with her daughter, soon.

Sarwat Fatima Sarwat Fatima Dec 27, 2016
Rashid is doing everything she can to reach her daughter and claim justice. Photo courtesy: Facebook/ humansofamsterdamm

There are a few love stories that make you go weak in the knees. And then, there are some that wrench your heart. The story of Amsterdam-based Nadia Rashid doesn't have a fairytale ending.

Rashid met Shezad Hemani, a businessman from Mumbai, while volunteering at the International Indian Film Academy Awards in Amsterdam. The duo fell in love and tied the knot in 2011. However, soon the relationship turned sour and Rashid filed for divorce. In September, this year, Hemani allegedly kidnapped their two-year-old daughter and took her to Mumbai.

Rashid told her harrowing tale to Humans of Amsterdam. "The day we got married everything changed. Before we got married he would tell me I was beautiful and give me compliments but once we were married he told me I dressed terribly and slowly started tarring down my confidence", she told the Facebook page that documented her story in five posts.

Three years into the marriage, the couple had a daughter, but Rashid got little support from her husband. "When I gave birth to Insiya, he left after four days and he left me alone with the baby. I felt like a single mother in a marriage. Travelling with a newborn is exhausting and by the time she was six months old we had traveled to India over six times", she said.

Things took a turn for the worse when Hemani got abusive and violent. "Every time he would be abusive he would tell me the next day that he was sorry and that it was his fault. He promised me he would change. He would say that I was a better person than he was and that is why I would be able to forgive him. I still wanted to believe in our fairy tale and so I kept giving him chances, but a man who beats you once will beat you again", she continued.

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Rashid decided to put an end to his brutality and filed for divorce. She, however, did not prohibit her husband from meeting their daughter Insiya. But, after she received death threats from her ex-husband and found a GPS track-and-trace device under her car, Rashid filed another lawsuit for the sole custody of her daughter.

"In the following months we were in heavy lawsuits but meanwhile I kept finding track and trace devices under my car. He kept losing the lawsuits and the judge decided that I become the primary and legal custodian of our daughter. It damaged his ego and as a response he started telling people that I was mistreating our daughter", Rashid wrote.

On September 29, she got a call from her nephew, who said, "Men! They took her, they took Insiya". She later found out that Hemani had kidnapped their daughter and travelled to India with her.

Rashid is doing everything she can to reach her daughter and claim justice. "I haven't talked to my daughter since she has been kidnapped. Together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Dutch government we are trying our utmost best to get Insiya back. I will not stop until I can hold my daughter again", she concluded.

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With the authorities now stepping in, we really hope that she gets united with her daughter soon.

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