Indian Hyderabad’s ‘Bride Bazaar’ racket: 8 Arab Sheikhs detained

 
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A mother whose daughter was trapped in such a marriage two years ago says the brokers should not be spared. They lure vulnerable girls from poor families by showing them photos of a good life, malls, and homes.

HYDERABAD India, Sep 21 (TNS): Eight Arab sheikhs – five from Oman and three from Qatar – one of them as old as 80, have been arrested by the Hyderabad police in one of the biggest crackdowns on the city’s underground network of supplying ‘wives’ to suitors who can pay.

Three Qazis, including a chief Qazi from Mumbai, were also arrested who arranged fake documents to send even underage girls out of the country.

Tajuddin Ahmed a senior police officer said it was not just the wealthy who come looking for brides here. The brokers classify them as ‘autowala’, ‘ambassador-wala’ and ‘innovawala’ – the third being the category who stay in upmarket hotels, he said.

“An elderly man has come with his son and friend to get married. He came with a marriage certificate. What he wants is a servant who he can use for other purposes as well,” he said.

The police say girls were literally paraded before Arab Sheiks, a rate was fixed for them and the Arab would pick and choose depending on what he wanted and how much he could pay. One aspiring groom was 80. Another called Abdullah had sexually exploited as many as 10 girls in the name of marriage.

A mother whose daughter was trapped in such a marriage two years ago says the brokers should not be spared. They lure vulnerable girls from poor families by showing them photos of a good life, malls, homes, she said.