A village council has ordered an Indian woman pregnant with her second husband's child to return to her first husband, released from a Pakistani jail five years after being written off as a deserter or dead.

Sapper Mohammed Arif disappeared during fierce fighting in the Kargil heights in Kashmir in 1999 and was declared a deserter but had in fact been captured by Pakistani troops.

Local papers reported after being tracked in a prison in Pakistan and returning to his village near Delhi this month, Arif appealed to Islamic scholars to reclaim his wife, Guriya.

The village council ruled in his favour but Arif does not want to accept Guriya's unborn baby.

The council has yet to make a decision on the child's fate, the Hindustan Times newspaper reported on Monday.


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