The Andhra Pradesh police have sought the External Affairs Ministry's help to rescue two local Muslim women who are now in Oman. The women have complained of “torture beyond endurance” by their Omani husbands within weeks of their marriage.
Sameena Begum, 23, and Nazia Begum, 20, were married by a local qazi to the photos of their husbands. They were taken to Oman on September 25.
On Tuesday, both called up their family members to say that their husbands, who are twins, were epileptics and regularly assaulted them.
Family members of the girls are alleging that marriage brokers in Hyderabad conned them into marrying off their daughters to the two Omani men by saying the latter were young and worked with the government for “decent salaries”. But Sameena and Nazia found the two to be aged, epileptic and given to violent mood swings.
Sameera told her parents that her husband locked her up in a room. He had even tried to strangle her and jumped on her abdomen. Shaken, her father Mustafa rang up Al Hosni, the Omani national who had escorted Sameena and Nazia to their husbands. Al Hosni demanded Rs 75,000 from Mustafa to bring the women back home.
The family members then went to the police, who arrested the three qazis and two marriage agents who had brokered the clandestine marriage. The accused have been remanded in judicial custody.
The police are looking for Hosni, who regularly visits Hyderabad to find brides for old people in Oman. Hosni himself married twice and deserted his wives from the old city.
Inspector Sai Krishna, who is investigating the case, said they had also written to the Omani government to help rescue the two women.