The hunt for a young wife has landed an Indian in a Nepalese police lock-up with the authorities suspecting him of trying to sell the girls.
Mohammad Taswa, who comes from the Indian village of Danuwari Khatauna across the border, has been arrested for trying to take two young girls to India, Nepal's official media said.
Taswa, who had been living in Udaypur district in southeastern Nepal making quilts, tried to lure Rana Shah, 11, and Manju Shaha, 15, to cross over to India.
Relatives of the girls who were searching for them stopped him and handed him over to the police.
Taswa told the authorities he was taking the girls to India because he wanted to marry them.
The Indian has been detained at the Jaljale police station and will be charged with trafficking, police officials told the Rising Nepal daily.
Every year, thousands of women, girls and young boys are trafficked to India, which shares an open border with Nepal.
Most traffickers run a well organised network with the connivance of government and security officials on both sides of the border. Many of the victims are lured with the promise of marriage or well-paid jobs.