In a fresh twist in the child bride nexus in Hyderabad, police has arrested two Bahraini nationals and a qazi on charges of trafficking minor girls to the Middle East on pretext of marriage. The accused have been identified as Mohamed Mahmood Abdul Rehman Mahmood and his brother Yousuf Mahmood Abdul Rahman Mahmood Khairi.
According to an IANS report, one Kulsum Begum had lodged a complaint with the police alleging that the duo had married her 29-year-old daughter on May 24. After marriage, they took her with them to Bahrain as a maid and after sexual gratification, they sent her back.
Deputy Commissioner of Police V. Satyanarayana said that the Bahraini nationals were arrested after the department received a tip off that the duo are back in Hyderabad and are planning to get married to another minor girl.Apart from arresting them, police also arrested the qazi-Qazi Askar Ali Rafai-who had solemnised the marriage. A flat owner was also arrested for having given shelter to the Bahraini nationals.
In a separate case, the police arrested five people including two women brokers who had got a 64-year-old man married to a 14-year old minor girl. Salma Begum had lodged a complaint on Thursday that her 14-year-old girl was married to Shaik Sagharoun Salim Abdullah of Oman in 2014. She also alleged that three woman brokers lured the family into the marriage and stuvk a deal at Rs 1 Lakh. After the marriage, the Sheikh spent a week with the girl in a lodge and then went back to Oman from where he sent a Visa for her. She spent two years in Oman before returning to India on health grounds.
Police said that the girl was taken to Oman on a maid servant's visa and that she was tortured by her employers there. Siddiq Ahmed, the qazi who performed the marriage and a woman broker are absconding. Meanwhile, the South Zone Police has set up a special information system to collect information about Arab nationals coming to Hyderabad for contract marriages.
In September, police busted the racket with the arrest of 20 people including five Omani, three Qatari nations, five local brokers, three qazis and four lodge owners.