HYDERABAD: Two men from Dubai, along with a marriage broker and a Qazi from Hyderabad, have been arrested by the Cyberabad police for performing a contract marriage with an intention to cheat the victim. The prime accused and his younger brother had come to Hyderabad to fulfill their carnal desires on the pretext of marriage and planned to flee back to Dubai, said Cyberabad police on Thursday.
The 52-year-old Salim Obaid Saeed Shamlan Al-Zaabi from Dubai had come to the city on August 10 and met marriage broker Mohammed Shafi (51) of Bandlaguda. Police said that Salim explained to the broker that he wanted a contract marriage and would stay in India for some days before returning to Dubai alone. He asked Shafi to find a suitable woman for the contract marriage.
According to police, Shafi identified one Nazia Begum (30) of Mailardevpally. He explained to her parents that a man from Dubai visiting the city was interested in marrying their daughter would also pay money to the girl’s parents. “On August 16, the duo went to Nazia’s house in Akbar colony. Salim paid Rs. 70,000 to Shafi including his Rs.30,000 commission. The rest was given to Nazia. Immediately, Salim and Shafi negotiated with Nazia’s parents and took their signatures on bond papers for their agreement and hired a Qazi to perform the marriage,” said Shamshabad DCP PV Padmaja.
Mohammed Habeeb Ali (60), the Qazi took Rs. 10,000 to perform the wedding despite knowing that Salim had plans to abandon the woman after few days. He had taken the signatures of the woman’s parents on bond papers and told them that the papers will be sent to Mumbai to obtain a marriage certificate, the DCP said. A week later, Salim called his younger brother Ibrahim Obaidd Sayeed Shamlan Al-Zaahbi (48) and asked the broker Shafi to arrange a girl for his brother too.
“Shafi convinced the family of a 12-year-old girl to get her married to Ibrahim. On August 22, Ibrahim came to Hyderabad, but the Mailardevpally police team, on a tip off, apprehended the accused persons before the marriage was performed. They were produced before the court, along with the bond papers and marriage certificate, and sent to judicial remand on Thursday, under Sections 420, 493, 370, 370-A, 109 and 511 of IPC,” said Padmaja.