City Police on Tuesday claimed to have busted a contract marriage racket involving poor Muslim girls with the arrest of five persons, including two Sudanese nationals.
Acting on a complaint of the victim girl, Moghulpura police took up the investigation and arrested two women pimps and two quazis, who allegedly helped in marrying her off to a Sudanese student studying in Hyderabad.
The victim alleged that she was forcibly married to the foreigner and the accused also forcibly took her thumb impression on a blank bond paper, police said, adding that the victim was sexually exploited by Mohammad Ansari (the Sudanese bridegroom) in the guise of nikah (marriage).
The girl alleged that the women and the foreigner lured her parents by paying them Rs 50,000 as mehar (nuptial gift). Another Sudanese, identified as Khaled Erashid, friend of the bridegroom, also misbehaved with her, police said.
After the probe, the police found that the women were indulged into performing contract marriages of Muslim girls from humble backgrounds with foreigners, particularly with the Sudanese.
Investigation also revealed that Ansari performed marriage only to satisfy his carnal pleasures during his stay in India and would have abandoned her.
In order to avoid possible legal complications, the accused even created a document that she has executed a Qula nama (divorce executed by a Muslim wife in favour of husband; in this case the Sudanese student), police said.
The Assistant Commissioner of Police (Santosh Nagar Division), Mohammad Ismail appealed to public to take help of police to verify the antecedents of foreigners through Wakf Board of Central Quazzat office before performing such nuptials.