A 35-year-old Bhopal man ‘married’ and deserted seven women. As it turns out, all marriages were void.
Syed Shehzad Ali was booked by the women’s police cell in Bhopal after his seventh ‘wife’, left with a two-month-old child, lodged an FIR. Ali is absconding.
“We first met while he was working at a consultancy firm near a gym I used to go to in Aishbagh area (in Bhopal). He used to follow me and one day told me he loved me. Then we began dating and got married last February,” said the 23-year-old woman.
“I ran away from home to marry him as my family members were opposed to our wedding.”
She said Ali took her to the office of an organisation called Anjuman Nikah-Ul-Muslimeen to register their nikah (marriage).
Later she found out that the marriage was void as there was only one legally recognised place in Bhopal for registration of nikahs, the Qaziat.
She also chanced upon a file among Ali’s belongings that had a record of his six other marriages – all invalid.
She lodged a complaint against him with Aishbagh police, and Ali was brought to the police station. However, he admitted to his ‘mistake’ and promised to be loyal to her, so she withdrew her complaint.
But last December, Ali disappeared with the incriminating file and never returned. However, the victim had managed to keep copies of some of those documents.
“We contacted the other women Ali had duped,” said the victim’s brother.
“Two of them had already lodged FIRs against him but the rest of them refused to even talk about the relationship. He has ruined the lives of many girls.”
The other two women had lodged FIRs against Ali at police stations in Kotwali and Mandideep areas of Bhopal.
The case registered at Kotwali was sent for counselling while the case at Mandideep is going on in court.
When HT contacted Shahar Qazi Mushtaq Ali Nadvi, he said he had never heard of any organisation called Anjuman Nikah-Ul-Muslimeen.
“The government must take action against such organisations that perform illegal nikahs and dupe unsuspecting people,” he said.