Marriage racket bust in Hyderabad; eight Arab Sheikhs arrested

On Wednesday, a huge Arab marriage racket including minor girls has been busted by the police in Hyderabad and 17 people were arrested including eight Omani and Qatari nationals and three qazis.

Amongst the arrested quazis was also the head qazi of Mumbai, Farid Ahmed Khan and along with him four hotel proprietors and five dealers of Hyderabad have been held.

City Police Commissioner M. Mahender Reddy said that the Arab sheikhs were marrying minor young ladies with the assistance of brokers, qazis and lodge proprietors. Of the sheikhs captured, five are Omani nationals and three Qatari.

The racket which was reported to be spreading from Hyderabad to Oman and to other Arab nations, was busted during the investigation concerning a case enlisted a month ago in Falaknuma area of the old city of Hyderabad.

A lady had filed a complaint to the police that her husband with the assistance of a few dealers ‘sold’ their minor little girl to a 70-year-old Omani national Ahmed Abdullah. Their daughter is now stuck in Oman.

The police said that efforts were on to safeguard the girl and arrest the accused and bring them to Hyderabad.

Sources:

PTI, Business Standard

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