3 Qazis and 8 shaikhs arrested in crackdown on Hyderabad’s ‘bride bazaar’ racket

Girls paraded before the Arab Shaikhs for fixing ‘bride price’, says police

8 Sheikhs from Middle East, Gulf were among 20 arrested in a ‘contract marriage’ racket in Hyderabad. Photo credit: NDTV

HYDERABAD: An international child bride racket has been busted here with the arrest of 20 people, including five Omani sheikhs, three Qataris and three qazis. Among them is the chief qazi of Mumbai, Farid Ahmed Khan, who is accused of being the kingpin and brokering the illegal contracts with forged nikahnamas.

The Times of India reports that twelve minors were freed from the clutches of the sheikhs late on Tuesday. The crackdown followed a tip-off from a reluctant 16-year-old girl, who was interviewed by a 50-year-old sheikh for marriage.

Read the full Times of India report.



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