Cops Bust Marriage Trafficking Ring In Hyderabad, 9 Arrested

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Hyderabad: The Hyderabad police on Friday arrested nine people, including two Bahrain nationals for their alleged involvement in international trafficking of women and minor girls for ‘marriage’. A qazi (cleric), a lodge owner and five brokers, including two women were among the nine arrested in two separate raids in old city area, police said.

Deputy commissioner of police (south zone) V Satyanarayana said police were on lookout for the traffickers after a complaint from one Kulsum Begum on October 30 who said that a 50-year-old Bahraini national named Mohamed Mahmood Abdul Rehman Mahmood had married her second daughter Sameena Begum (29) in May this year but sent her back later.

The marriage was performed by qazi Askar Ali Rafai at the city’s King Koti locality. “After marriage they took her daughter to Bahrain, treated her as maid servant and after fulfilling their sexual desires they sent her back,” the DCP said.

“A case has been registered under sections 370 (offence of buying and disposing of any person as a slave) and 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) of the Indian Penal Code against the accused,” said.