A 70-year-old Omani national was arrested here for undertaking a contract marriage with a minor girl, police said on Monday. Police rescued the 17-year-old girl and also arrested the qazi who performed the marriage, a travel agent, a broker and two mediators.
Police have also invoked the ‘Nirbhaya’ Act besides Prohibition of Child Marriage Act against the Omani national. Deputy Commissioner of Police (south zone) V. Satyanarayana said a case was booked at Kanchanbagh police station in the old city.
Police rescued the victim after she informed on e of her cousins that she was being married to a foreign national against her wish. Police said qazi Syed Zulfeqar Ali was arrested for performing the illegal marriage. It said despite warnings, some qazis were performing contract marriages by bending Shariat rules for monetary gains.
In 2004, the Wakf Board had noticed the exploitation of poor Muslim girls and had directed qazis not to straightway perform marriages involving foreign nationals especially those from the Gulf countries. The qazis were asked to alert the Wakf Board when they are approached to perform such marriages.
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