Rescue Hyderabad minor from Omani sheikh: Maneka Gandhi to Sushma Swaraj

Omani sheikh

Omani sheikh

The Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi has sought External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's help in bringing back a 16-year-old Hyderabad girl to India, who was tricked into marrying a 65-year-old sheikh from Oman.

She has directed the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) to contact the family members of the victim girl. The girl's mother, Sayeeda Unnisa, R/O, Nawab Saheb Kunta, lodged a complaint with police, on Wednesday, pleading the girl be brought back to India from Muscat.

Afsar lodged a complaint against his sister Ghousia Bi and her husband Sikender who were responsible for getting their daughter married to the aged Omani. Maneka Gandhi commented upon the media reports on twitter and expressed grief over the incident.It must be recalled that a 16-year-old girl has been married to a 65-year-old man from Oman. It was only when the girl's parents filed an FIR at the Falaknuma police station that the matter came to light. Saiyeeda stated that her husband Sikander had taken their daughter to his sister Ghousia's house to stay for a few days. "We have just registered a cheating case against the couple based on the complaint from the girl's mother", the ACP said.

According to the police, the Omani national, identified only as Ahmed, is 77 years old.

The case of the minor girl being married off to an Arab sheikh, who is old enough to be her grandfather, has once again brought the spotlight on qazis who perform such marriages. "We will also take custody of the people who are directly and indirectly involved in this case", V. Satyanarayana, DCP was quoted by ANI. As per the reports, a hotel owner is also believed to be part of the illegal marriage as he provided accommodation to the two families.

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