Two Afghani women get three months in jail for travelling on fake passportsmumbai Updated: Sep 21, 2017 15:16 IST
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Two women along with a 13-year-old boy from Afghanistan, who were arrested in a fake passport case in Mumbai, this year pleaded guilty before the Andheri magistrate court and were sentenced to three months simple imprisonment and fine of Rs 500 on Monday. They had tried to flee to London due to the political instability in their country.The court took a “lenient view”, considering the circumstances of the case. The boy will stay at a shelter home till the women complete their sentence.
According to the Sahar police, the arrested women are relatives, and are aged 20 years and 42 years. The 13-year-old boy with them is son of the older woman. The 42-year-old woman told court that she feared for the safety and future of the younger woman her son, and hence wanted to send them to London.
As per the plan, she paid 35,000 US dollars to an agent in Afghanistan to send them safely to London. The agent had made them two fake Bulgarian passports. They reached Delhi in the second week of June 2017, but after landing here, they hid their Afghanistan passports and entered India on Bulgarian passports.
They then used the Bulgarian passports to go to London, but during a check at the Delhi Airport, the London authorities smelt a rat and confiscated their passports. They handed the passports to the Bulgarian embassy and asked the women to contact their embassy.
The women knew that going to the embassy would get them arrested, so they decided to head back to Afghanistan and paid another 2,000 US dollars to their agent. On 25 June, they used their Afghanistan passports to return to their country via Dubai, but the immigration officials at the Mumbai CST International Airport did not find an entry of them entering India on their database. Their bluff was caught and they were handed over to the Sahar police.
The women pleaded guilty before additional chief metropolitan magistrate Dr. DL Nikam. Excerpts from the order read “Looking at the nature of offence, an opportunity to reform may be extended. It deserves lenient view and moderate punishment, otherwise there is every likelihood that being in the company of hardened criminals they may follow suit.” The three will be deported to Kabul after the sentence is over, while their agents, an Afghani and an Indian, are shown wanted accused in the case.