16-YO Girl Forced To Wed 65-YO Omani Sheikh For Rs 5 Lakh

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A schoolgirl in Hyderabad in glittering red poses with an elderly man in disturbing wedding photographs that were handed over to the police yesterday. The bride is 16 and the groom – a 65-year-old sheikh from Oman.

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The mother of a 16-year-old girl from Hyderabad has lodged a police complaint accusing her husband of marrying her off to a 65-year-old sheikh from Oman and sought help to bring her back. Saiyeeda Shaikh, a resident of Nawab Kunta area, said that her daughter told her over phone on Wednesday that she was not liking it there and wanted to return.

The woman says her daughter cried every time she spoke to her and wanted to return to Hyderabad.

“I spoke directly with the Omani national who married my daughter. He is saying that he paid Rs. 5 lakhs to Sikander (brother-in-law) and his wife and purchased my daughter and wants that money back, then only he will send back my daughter,” the woman said in her complaint.

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She also asked the Hyderabad Commissioner of Police to investigate the case.

In response to Gandhi’s tweet, the Indian Embassy in Oman pushed for more details.

Such marriages are tragically common in Hyderabad, which draws elderly men looking for young brides from poor families. Quick weddings are arranged for amounts that can go up to lakhs of rupees.

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