The Balapur police in Hyderabad, Telangana have arrested a 61-year-old man Mumbai primarily based businessman recognized as Syed Altaf Ali for attempting to purchase a minor woman for a sum of Rs 3 lakhs. The police have additionally arrested eight others together with the 14-year-old sufferer’s mom and grandmother who had been attempting to promote the minor woman. The opposite arrested individuals are Akeel Ahmed, Zareena Begum, Shabana Begum, Shameem Sulthana, Nasreen Begum, Zahaida Begum, Arshia Begum (mom) and Chand Sultana (grandmother).
All of the accused had been booked beneath IPC sections 370, 370 (A) r/w 511, Part 17 of the POCSO Act and Part 3 and 5 of Immoral Visitors Prevention Act (PITA).
Talking in regards to the arrest, B Srikanth, Balapur Sub-Inspector mentioned: “I acquired a tip-off in regards to the minor woman being offered to an individual from Mumbai. Upon receiving data, I knowledgeable my senior officers and after acquiring permission we knowledgeable the SHE groups and raided the home in Bilal Colony, Errakunta, Balapur and located that every one the arrested individuals had been in the home brokering the deal for promoting the woman.”
He additional knowledgeable that he arrested individuals, initially claimed it was a household affair and tried to keep away from answering the questions posed at them by the police, however when the police confronted them and sought the reality, the minor woman’s mom admitted to promoting her daughter to Syed for Rs 3 lakh.
The mom confessed that that they had tried to dump their minor daughter three months in the past to the identical Mumbai primarily based businessman, Syed Altaf Ali, however the deal didn’t work out as he was not able to pay the demanded quantity of Rs 5 lakhs.
Arshia Begum additional advised the police that a number of days earlier, nonetheless, her brother met with an accident they usually wanted cash for his therapy. It was then that they contacted Syed once more to renegotiate the deal.
In the meantime, in line with the police, Syed Altaf Ali, who’s from Mumbai, had divorced his first spouse and was on the lookout for a younger woman to remain together with. Some widespread mates launched Syed to an auto driver Akeel Ahmed. Akeel Ahmed, who was additionally a dealer from Quba colony in Shaheennagar, in flip, contacted Zareeena, Shabana, Shameem, Nasreen and Zahaida looking for assist in discovering a lady for Syed.
“Akeel with the assistance of others recognized a minor woman who’s a resident of Errakunta and satisfied her mom to promote the sufferer for Rs. 3 lakh. After a deal was caught, Syed Altaf Ali got here to town. On data, the police raided the home and arrested them,” knowledgeable Rachakonda Commissioner, Mahesh Muralidhar Bhagwat.
Different incidences of older males marrying minors in Hyderabad
The rising variety of incidences of older males marrying minors is a supply of concern for the police, notably in Hyderabad. A number of stories have come to gentle previously about such incidents. In 2020, the Hyderabad police had booked seven individuals, together with the dad and mom of the woman they married off their 16-year-old minor daughter to a 54-year-old man recognized as Abdul Lateef from Kerala. The accused had been staying in Hyderabad metropolis.
In September 2017, the Hyderabad police had arrested 3 Muslim clerics and eight Arab Sheikhs. These Arab Sheikhs had been marrying minor ladies with the assistance of Qazis, brokers and lodge homeowners. The women had been even sexually assaulted by the Qazis.
This crackdown had come near a criticism by a lady in August in opposition to her husband for allegedly “Promoting off” their minor daughter to a 70-year-old Omani nationwide named Ahmed Abdullah.