A few days ago, we had reported that a 16-year old Muslim girl hailing from Hyderabad had been fraudulently married off to a 65-year old Oman national named Ahmed for money. Reportedly, the man had paid an amount of Rs. 5 lakh to relatives of the girl who had arranged the marriage unethically.
In a recent report concerning the matter, it has come to light that the man is demanding a sum of Rs. 5 lakh for sending the girl back home.
The marriage was performed at a guest house in Jalpally, Telangana where Ahmed was staying. After the marriage, he returned to Muscat and later sent a visa for the girl who joined him in his house.
However, later, during a telephonic conversation with her parents, the girl revealed that she was tortured physically and mentally by her husband. The girl’s mother reportedly lodged a complaint at the Falaknuma police station alleging that her husband, his sister Ghousia Begum and brother-in-law Sikander had “sold” the girl to the Omani man for 5 lakh. The money was reportedly distributed among the brokers Ghousia Begum and Sikander.
Deccan Chronicle reports that the parents of the teenager girl and brokers are revealing conflicting versions of how the money was distributed between them. DCP, south, V. Satyanarayana said,
Sikander obtained identity documents fraudulently with the help of some agents and applied for a passport through an Internet cafe owner. The police contacted Ahmed through the Indian Embassy in Oman and asked him to send the teenager back. The man said that he will send the girl soon. But now he is demanding the Rs 5 lakh he had paid to the brokers and the family here at the time of marriage. Embassy officials are also making efforts to convince him and is seeking help from the Oman government too. He has committed a crime and a case was registered against him at the Falaknuma police station. We have to bring him here and ensure justice to the teenager.
Maneka Gandhi, Union Minister for Women and Child Development, had also requested External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to intervene in the matter.
Reportedly, police have been keeping a close watch on 60 brokers who were recognized of being involved in such cases in the recent past. Now the police are planning to take help of the Interpol to bring the girl back and have also caught hold of a woman who had facilitated the marriage.