“One month wife” sex tourism of India

"One month wife" sex tourism of India

A 17-year-old girl has exposed the scale of Islamic sex tourism in India where Muslim men from the Middle East and Africa are buying ‘one month wives’ for sex.

Campaigners for Muslim women’s rights said while short term ‘contract marriages’ are illegal in India and forbidden in Islam, they are increasing in Hyderabad, in southern India, where wealthy foreigners, local agents and ‘Qazis’ – government-appointed Muslim priests – are exploiting poverty among the city’s Muslim families.

The victim, Nausheen Tobassum, revealed the scale of the problem when she escaped from her home last month after her parents pressurised her to consummate a forced marriage to a middle aged Sudanese man who had paid around £1,200 for her to be his ‘wife’ for four weeks.

She told police she had been taken by her aunt to a hotel where she and three other teenage girls were introduced to a Sudanese oil company executive. The ‘groom’, Usama Ibrahim Mohammed, 44 and married with two children in Khartoum, later arrived at her home where a Qazi performed a wedding ceremony.

According to Inspector Vijay Kumar he had paid 100,000 Rupees (around £1,200) to the girl’s aunt Mumtaz Begum, who in turn paid 70,000 Rupees to her parents, 5,000 Rupees to the Qazi, 5,000 Rupees to an Urdu translator and kept 20,000 Rupees herself. The wedding certificate came with a ‘Talaknama’ which fixed the terms of the divorce at the end of the groom’s holiday.

“The next day he came to the house of the victim girl and asked her to participate in sex but she refused. She is a young girl and the groom is older than her father,” Inspector Kumar told The Telegraph.

Her parents reassured him they would persuade their daughter and told her she would be punished if she did not. Instead she ran out of their tiny one room home in Hyderabad’s Moghulpuri neighbourhood and was rescued by a police patrol. The police arrested the groom, the victim’s aunt and the Qazi, and issued a warrant for her parents’ arrest – Nausheen is a minor under Indian law and cannot marry until she reaches 18. Her parents are now in hiding but will be charged with arranging a child marriage, ‘outraging the modesty’ of a woman, and criminal conspiracy.

Inspector Kumar said there are dozens of illegal short term contract marriages in the city, and that the Sudanese man they arrested had come to Hyderabad after a friend in Khartoum told him he had taken a ’40 day wife’ during an earlier visit.

“If a Sudanese wants to have sex, he has to pay three times more [in Sudan] because there are far fewer girls there, or he takes a second wife. In India the girls are coming for a cheaper rate and they are beautiful. Even if they are only staying for a few days they are doing this kind of illegal marriages for sex,” he said.

He said the visitors want to marry because they believe prostitution is forbidden under Islam. Poor families agree to contract marriages because they have many daughters and cannot afford to pay for all their weddings.

Instead, they have a series of one-month contract ‘marriages’ to fund their own genuine wedding.

Shiraz Amina Khan of Hyderabad’s Women and Child Welfare Society, said there were up to 15 ‘contract marriages’ in the city every month and that the number is rising.

“They come to Hyderabad because it has maximum downtrodden families. Thirty to forty per cent of families are going for the option of contract marriages to relieve their poverty. It has to be stopped,” she said.

Nausheen Tobassum, who is now living in a government home for girls said in an interview before she was placed in care, that she had filed a complaint to stop the same thing happening to other girls.

“I didn’t know what was happening and I agreed in ignorance. They forced me. They changed my date of birth certificate and made a fake one, where I was shown as 24 years old. They exploit girls and that’s why I went to police. I had to show courage to go to police against my parents. I don’t want to go back to my home, I am scared,” she said.



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  • This is what is Islam and not the one which the Indian Muslims say as a religion of peace. In fact it is a religion of sexual perverts. All those people wanting more wives and women to enjoy the sex with convert to Muslim

  • Only reason Cops could arrest this Sudanese ‘husband’ was because the girl is a minor. Had she been 18, even law of land would not have been able to help her as Muslim clergy would have protested an attack on perfectly legal marriage as per their Sharia code of law! Even in countries like Iran, those wanting to indulge in adultery / prostitution follow this practice of ‘Marrying for a defined period’, then divorcing and paying compensation for the contract period!………Even hardliners of Iran are unable to do anything, what to expect of Sickkular India!

  • Under what pretext do you write that this is forbidden in Islam? Look up Nikah Mut’ah as practiced by Shias and learn that this form of prostitution is permitted in Islam.

    • It shows women have no rights in Islam……many muslim women are outspoken saying women are treated as equals but as in these cases complete degradation of women from a very early age.

  • This is a shameful act whosoever is invovled on it however calling it “Sex Tourism of India” is ambigious statement esp. when we are aware who paid money for it.
    Please change the title.

  • i have lived most of my life in an Arab country. These marriages were very common back in 80’s and 90’s. These men who come to India are mostly elderly men coming on a medical treatment and to keep his pleasure, they contact the qazis to get them a girl for the period they are staying in India. After the treatment, these men go back and send a housemaid visa for these girls to come to Middle East. These innocent girls ends up as a maid serving her husband and his wife. If by any chance, she gets pregnant then she is subject to legal harassment for consensual sex with outsiders. This is the plight of Hyderabadi girls….this religion is a religion of convinience not conviction. Their prophet practiced this perverted practices, so their followers will continue to do so.

  • I donot know much of the religion but I can definitely say that I saw a horrific story of a muslim girl similar to this but the problem is with the parents who accept money and think it is a prestige to get married to some foreign muslim instead of Indian muslim. Dowry is one of the reasons but the major reason is Illiteracy which never opens the mind and heart to search for logic/reason. No parent with proper education and exposure will willingly risk their daughters life for anything even religion, only fools and heinous people do that. May Parents open their eyes to these frauds and protect their daughters. God save them.

  • On one side its even wrong to have abortion and family planning is looked down upon. But it is okay for all this nonsense ? Is it okay to traumatize them physically & mentally for life ? They are our kids. Parents should be protectors. Even animals try to protect their kids from predators/hurt/enemies. Where is Humanity ? Have we really evolved ? If there was a law in past which approves all this then the laws should be re-written. We should evolve for the betterment of Humanity & Earth. Sarve Janah Sukhino Bhavanthu.

  • I find this a very sad situation, I can not condemn the girls or the families for this practice. I have been in these very poor area’s of Asia. Unlike Sidhu, I see these parents as protectors of their kids and family. I don’t see the United Nations stepping in providing another option for these families. In many parts of Asia the girls are looked upon with honor and respect for their sacrifice in our to care for themselves and family.