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‘Contract marriage’ racket busted in Hyderabad

The police have busted a racket of 'contract marriage' of local women and minor girls with men from the Middle East and Gulf countries.

By: PTI | Hyderabad | Published: September 20, 2017 2:35 pm
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The police have busted a racket of ‘contract marriage’ of local women and minor girls with men from the Middle East and Gulf countries. The police have arrested 20 persons, including eight foreign nationals, in this connection, a senior official said on Wednesday.

They also arrested three qazis (people who conduct the marriage), four lodge owners and five brokers/agents who mediated to get such marriages solemnised, Deputy Commissioner of Police (South Zone) V Satyanarayana said.

“We busted the ‘contract marriage’ (short-term marriage) racket and foiled attempts by eight sheikhs from Arab, Oman and Qatar to marry local girls,” he said.

“Two minor girls have been rescued. Preliminary investigation has revealed that through the contract marriages, these people planned to traffic at least 20 women and minor girls,” the senior police officer told PTI.

Further probe was on into the racket, he said.

The Hyderabad police had in the past also busted several contract marriage rackets in the Old City area wherein such marriages were performed aided by fabricated documents.

The modus operandi of the agents in such rackets is to trap minor girls from poor families by luring them with money, and then practically selling them off to foreigners with the help of priests who solemnise the marriages, police earlier said.

At the time of marriage, the bride is made to sign blank bond papers of ‘talaq’, they said.

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    P.N. Reddy
    Oct 5, 2017 at 4:24 am
    It is not who is commenting on what. We, the Indians, have to focus on what is right what is not in this modern world. Let us not take advantage on poor or other people to our advantage. Yes, there may be practices which were there for a long time, let us be what we should be in this modern world regardless of your believes. I am sure GOD (regardless religion or other) is watching us. Let us do the right thing. Let us all get behind poor and needy humans.
    1. K
      Sep 20, 2017 at 4:00 pm
      Alas! How indian express allow such indecent comments to get published? Is there freedom of abusing muslims like this all over india?
      1. D
        dirty muslim
        Sep 20, 2017 at 3:19 pm
        ther islam is religion of ,curse terrorists whatever u call that fit for it.since from 3 year i am reading this of contract marrages.these bloody islamic people around the world marry women of their daughter age what the is this faith?dirty people are worst people on world.thats why they are getting their teratment in their own way in myanmar, gud burmay ur doing grate job by raping dirty muslims women,killing future terrorists(childrens) and killing muslims massacre them all they dont fit for 21 century era they want to live like ild dirty 570 era.
        1. John Abram
          Sep 20, 2017 at 4:01 pm
          You filthy Hindus, you drink ur ine of animals, bow to stones, and dare to call Muslims names? he he he.
          1. A
            Sep 20, 2017 at 4:44 pm
            bro - filthy is a term used only by the filthy! animals are better than the butchers for they allow to be butchered and eaten! and why categorize people Muslims/Hindus etc.! make it just human issue!
          2. K
            Sep 20, 2017 at 4:02 pm
            Woow what a psycopath you are, praising killing and rape of innocent people, go and see a doctor most recommendedly a mental expert