How Arabs buy ‘wives’ and dump them in a few weeks

The Arab and The Qazi
These predators have been perpetrating a blatant crime under the veneer of nikaah, abusing the Islamic rules of marriage. Abusing the sanctioned provision which allows a Muslim man to have four wives at a time, many old Arabs are not just marrying minors in Mumbai and Hyderabad, but marrying more than one minor in a single trip to the country.


A Qazi, who solemnises the weddings and also facilitates the divorce proceedings, takes 50 percent of the negotiated price as his cut. The agent, who sources the girls, takes 25 percent of the balance amount.
MiD DAY reporters posing as a would-be bride and her friend trying to help her.

Mumbai A month-long investigation by MiD DAY journalists has revealed a twisted form of human trafficking that involves rich Arabs, greedy Qazis, sham marriages, agents and girls lured into the flesh trade or those looking for a quick buck.

The modus operandi: set up a temporary or time-bound wedding to a rich Arab. The affluent Arab offers a negotiated amount for the services of a ‘wife’ during his stay in India. The price for the ‘booty’ varies from Rs.15,000 to nearly a lakh for the 10-day marriage. Girls from poor families are sold like commodities to the Arabs, many of whom arrive on tourist visas from Saudi Arabia, UAE, Iran, Oman, Kuwait and Qatar. While this may seem shocking to many, the women involved in this latest form of flesh trade are often willing participants.

he Arab and The Qazi
These predators have been perpetrating a blatant crime under the veneer of nikaah, abusing the Islamic rules of marriage. Abusing the sanctioned provision which allows a Muslim man to have four wives at a time, many old Arabs are not just marrying minors in Mumbai and Hyderabad, but marrying more than one minor in a single trip to the country.

The Pimp and The Victim
A healthy stream of women keep flowing into the city from all parts of the country to solicit the Arab clientele who have turned Mumbai into a sex haven. For as little asRs 2,000 per job, scores of women line up every evening hoping to catch the eye of the adulterous tourist.

Over a month-long operation, Kranti Vibhute posed as a would-be bride and Bhupen Patel as her friend trying to help her get the deal. They found that these deal brokers, prostitutes and Qazis have been running this business quite explicitly.

A Qazi, who solemnises the weddings and also facilitates the divorce proceedings, takes 50 percent of the negotiated price as his cut. The agent, who sources the girls, takes 25 percent of the balance amount.

The pimps, cab drivers and sub-agents charge Rs. 500-1,000 per deal.

The Arab gets a sex slave for a temporary period, who he calls his ‘wife’, and takes her on a vacation with him. Once the honeymoon period is over, he brings her back dumps her with a ‘talaaq’ and goes back to the Qazi’s office for a new bride. The girl gets her cut and lines up for the next husband to come her way.

The Qazis solemnise these sham marriages, in violation of Islamic principles of nikaah and talaaq. A woman cannot be married off to another man unless her first husband gives her a divorce, or she has sought khula (separation) and has completed the iddat period (a gap of at least three months and 13 days).

Owing to abject poverty and wretched living conditions, many women are forced into the world of flesh trade. While some girls have fallen victim to the flesh trade, tricked by the promise of monetary benefits and a better standard of living, others have chosen the path to make a quick buck.

During the course of the operation, MiD DAY discovered that several women, who were once sold as brides to Arabs, have now turned into agents and pimps. The women now scout villages and cities looking for fresh blood to incorporate into the trade.  

Arab / African sex tourism to India where parents sell their girl to Muta’h – temporary marriage

India’s ‘one month wives’ sex tourism

By Dean Nelson | Daily Telegraph – HYDERABAD

15th April 2013 08:33 AM

Hyderabad's Women and Child Welfare Society said there were up to 15 'contract marriages' in the city every month and that the number is rising. (Express pic)

Hyderabad’s Women and Child Welfare Society said there were up to 15 ‘contract marriages’ in the city every month and that the number is rising. (Express pic)


A 17-year-old girl has exposed the scale of Islamic sex tourism in India where Muslim men from the Middle East and Africa are buying ‘one month wives’ for sex.

Campaigners for Muslim women’s rights said while short term ‘contract marriages’ are illegal in India and forbidden in Islam, they are increasing in Hyderabad, in southern India, where wealthy foreigners, local agents and ‘Qazis’ – government-appointed Muslim priests – are exploiting poverty among the city’s Muslim families.

The victim, Nausheen Tobassum, revealed the scale of the problem when she escaped from her home last month after her parents pressurised her to consummate a forced marriage to a middle aged Sudanese man who had paid around £1,200 for her to be his ‘wife’ for four weeks.

She told police she had been taken by her aunt to a hotel where she and three other teenager girls were introduced to a Sudanese oil company executive. The ‘groom’, Usama Ibrahim Mohammed, 44 and married with two children in Khartoum, later arrived at her home where a Qazi performed a wedding ceremony.

According to Inspector Vijay Kumar he had paid 100,000 Rupees (around £1,200) to the girl’s aunt Mumtaz Begum, who in turn paid 70,000 Rupees to her parents, 5,000 Rupees to the Qazi, 5,000 Rupees to an Urdu translator and kept 20,000 Rupees herself. The wedding certificate came with a ‘Talaknama’ which fixed the terms of the divorce at the end of the groom’s holiday.

“The next day he came to the house of the victim girl and asked her to participate in sex but she refused. She is a young girl and the groom is older than her father,” Inspector Kumar told The Telegraph.

Her parents reassured him they would persuade their daughter and told her she would be punished if she did not. Instead she ran out of their tiny one room home in Hyderabad’s Moghulpuri neighbourhood and was rescued by a police patrol. The police arrested the groom, the victim’s aunt and the Qazi, and issued a warrant for her parents’ arrest – Nausheen is a minor under Indian law and cannot marry until she reaches 18. Her parents are now in hiding but will be charged with arranging a child marriage, ‘outraging the modesty’ of a woman, and criminal conspiracy.

Inspector Kumar said there are dozens of illegal short term contract marriages in the city, and that the Sudanese man they arrested had come to Hyderabad after a friend in Khartoum told him he had taken a ’40 day wife’ during an earlier visit.

“If a Sudanese wants to have sex, he has to pay three times more [in Sudan] because there are far fewer girls there, or he takes a second wife. In India the girls are coming for a cheaper rate and they are beautiful. Even if they are only staying for a few days they are doing this kind of illegal marriages for sex,” he said.

He said the visitors want to marry because they believe prostitution is forbidden under Islam. Poor families agree to contract marriages because they have many daughters and cannot afford to pay for all their weddings.

Instead, they have a series of one-month contract ‘marriages’ to fund their own genuine wedding.

Shiraz Amina Khan of Hyderabad’s Women and Child Welfare Society, said there were up to 15 ‘contract marriages’ in the city every month and that the number is rising because.

“They come to Hyderabad because it has maximum downtrodden families. Thirty to forty per cent of families are going for the option of contract marriages to relieve their poverty. It has to be stopped,” she said.

Nausheen Tobassum, who is now living in a government home for girls said in an interview before she was placed in care, that she had filed a complaint to stop the same thing happening to other girls.

“I didn’t know what was happening and I agreed in ignorance. They forced me. They changed my date of birth certificate and made a fake one, where I was shown as 24 years old. They exploit girls and that’s why I went to police. I had to show courage to go to police against my parents. I don’t want to go back to my home, I am scared,” she said.


top the atrocities – stop selling young Indian girls to old oil rich Arabs 
Sudhir Chadda 
Sep. 3, 2005


Still in Hyderabad, old Arabs flock to buy young Indian girls. The price is cheap for these old oil rich Arabs buying tens of young Indian girls for their sexual pleasures.

According to media sources, “Arab Shiekh marries poor Indian girl”, “Arab marries, and then ditches teenage Hyderabadi girl”, “Arab Sheikhs marry young Indian girls and flee”, “Parents marry off daughter to Arab for money” – The headlines aren”t from decades old newspapers. But, before you start putting stress on your grey cells to find out in which era such inhuman acts happened, let’s make clear that this is a ”harsh present day reality”.

Yes, in today’s era also Arab Shiekhs marry poor Indian girls paying a paltry sum, live with them for a short while, and then, go back to their countries, abandoning the girls. And, in Hyderabad, also known as the City of Nawabs, the practice has become very common, with marriage becoming a trade and woman a commodity.

The auspicious ceremony now has a customer, a broker and a seller. The Arab Sheikhs come to India and fix up with a broker, who in turn finds a girl, fixes her price with her father, and finally after tying the knot lives with her for a few days and goes back to his country. The tragedy is that few parents have learnt the lesson.

In a recent case that came to light, an impoverished Muslim family married off their daughter to an Arab Sheikh for a meagre amount of Rs. 5000, offered through a broker.

“He gave Rs. 5000, but it was all taken by the broker. My mother didn”t get anything. I married him wilfully, even though he was 50 years old,” said a girl. Her dreams are all shattered as she has been abandoned by him.

Earlier, Arabs used to take their brides back with them, but that stopped when the Gulf nations restricted their citizens from bringing home a foreign bride unless they took prior permission from the authorities. As a result, instances of Arabs flocking to Hyderabad for a young bride continue.

Social activists, however, say that the socio-economic conditions of the Muslim community of Hyderabad, are forcing poor parents to marry off their daughters to unknown Sheikhs.

While bachelors of the city demand dowry from the girl’s parents, adding to their plight, Arabs offer them money in return. This leaves parents with little option.

“In our country young men don”t marry poor girls, as their parents can”t offer them dowry. So a girl’s father finds it really difficult to find a suitable match for his daughter – a match who won”t demand dowry,” said Nadir Almasdoosi, a social activist.

The Qazis, who perform the marriages, said that they are not responsible for such marriages, because both parties give their consent on the ”Nikahnama” before the ”Nikah”.

“When both the parties are ready, they inform the Qazi, and the Qazi is not responsible for anything after the Nikah.” said Chief Qazi, Shariyath Panah.

In that case the Qazi could say, “Jab Miyan biwi razi, to kya karega Qazi”.

But the main problem arises, when the Arabs, some of whom already have one or more wives, flee and the girls are left helpless, and their parents burdened further.

But despite all this, poor families continue to get their daughters married to rich Arabs.

SIT to probe Arab national’s marriage with minor girl

KOZHIKODE: A Special Investigation Team has been constituted by police to probe the case involving an Arab national marrying a minor Muslim girl who was residing in an orphanage here and divorcing her later. 

Police said a list of 11 accused, including five officials of the orphanage, had been submitted before the Judicial First Class Magistrate court here. 

The case relates to UAE national Jasem Mohammed Abdul Karim Abdulahmed marrying the 17 year-old girl from the orphanage in June last. He left the country in July and divorced her through ‘triple talaq’ over phone. 


Poor Muslim girls are being sold off in the name of marriage to wealthy and aged Arab Sheikhs in Hyderabad.

Last Monday, a 17-year-old girl approached the police when her parents tried to marry her off for the sixth time.

The girl, the third daughter of a paan shop owner, Mohammed Akbar, 52, from Hafeezbabanagar escaped with the help of an NGO when she was being taken in an auto to meet the prospective groom — a 50-year-old Sudanese man — at a city hotel.

In her police complaint, she accused her parents of selling her off in the name of marriage six times in the past two years. Her father, his third wife and the Sudanese national has been arrested.

“We are trying to identify the kazi and the brokers who fixed the wedding,” ACP Sai Krishna of Santoshnagar police station said.

In 1992, the menace came to light when an air hostess rescued a 12-year-old girl, who was being forcibly married off, from Hyderabad-Mumbai flight.

But more than 20 years later, the problem persists. It has now spread its tentacles to Muslim-dominated towns in Kerala and Karnataka where it is referred to as “Arabi kalyanam”, “Mysore kalyanam” or “Male kalyanam”. In Hyderabad it is known as ‘Arab nikah’ where minor girls are married off in exchange of money. These marriages last for a few days to a couple of months after which the bride is divorced.

The police said Akbar with help from his third wife Niloufer and broker Rehana married off the girl six times in a row since 2012. She was first sold to one Basheer from Nagpur for Rs30,000. A few months later Basheer divorced her and she was married off to an NRI, Jamal, in Pune for Rs30,000. She was married off to Saudi Sheikhs for the third and fourth time. Her parents received something between Rs50,000 and Rs1 lakh in 2013.

The Sheikhs, said the girl in her complaint, held her captive for three months. She was never allowed to go anywhere without a guard or an escort.

Her fifth marriage was with a Bahrain national in Hyderabad for Rs1 lakh a few months ago. On January 14 this year, her father fixed her sixth marriage with a 50-year-old Sudanese national, Mannan, for Rs1 lakh.

She escaped while on her way to a hotel to meet the man. She then approached the police through an NGO. The girl has studied till the 10th after which her parents started marrying her off. “They splurged the money on luxury goods and also to clear their loans,” the girl said in her complaint. “My father who has four wives recently sold off my two sisters (daughters of his second wife) in a similar way.”

At times, instead of money, the Sheikhs offer visas for the bride’s brothers or other family members, the police said.

Mazhar Hussain, director of COVA, an NGO, said these are cases of human trafficking rather than marriages for money.

Three arrested in Kerala over forced marriage of minor girl

Kozhikode:  After an appeal for justice made by a 17-year-old teen who was forced to marry a UAE national by a Muslim orphanage in Kerala, police have arrested three accused in the case.

The mother of the Arab national, her second husband and a relative were arrested late last night under Prohibition of Child Marriage Act-2006, Juvenile Justice Act and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.

Police investigation has also verified that the orphanage in Kozhikode, where she was living, was aware that the girl was under-aged for marriage.

She has alleged that the UAE national and her former husband took her to different tourist resorts, raped her and abandoned her on his return to UAE on June 30, withing 19 days of being married. She was informed of the divorce in August by a phone call.

Police action came in the wake of a directive by the State Human Rights Commission, which had directed the State Police Chief and Social Justice Department to probe the matter and submit a report.

The girl had also sent her complaint to Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, Union Minister of State for Home Mullappally Ramachandran and Union Minister of State for External Affairs E Ahamed.
Expressing outrage over the minor’s plight, women activists, political leaders and NGOs in Kerala have demanded a legislation to check the social menace of ‘Arabi Kalyanam’ (Arab wedding), in which minor Muslim girls are forced into marriage with Arab nationals. 

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In 1988, the police detected 1,500 such cases and arrested 25 kazis. In 2011 and 2012, the police busted rackets involving Afghan, Sudan, Nigerian and Pakistani nationals.

Police say none of the men want to spend the rest of their lives with these girls. “They just want to have fun while they stay here,” an officer said.

In such marriages, the girls are made to sign blank bond papers that are later used for divorce proceedings.

The Wakf board says such marriages are un-Islamic. But some kazis bend the rules in exchange of money. And the board can do little. In 2004, the board issued a set of guidelines asking kazis not to perform such marriages where there is a huge age gap between the groom and the bride.


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