In a shocker from Hyderabad, the uncle and aunt of a 16-year-old girl hailing from Falaknuma area married her off to a rich 65-year-old Omani Sheikh without the consent of her parents. As shocking as it may sound, the Sheikh used videos of glitzy shopping malls in Muscat and Dubai, luxurious villas owned by him and the Burj Khalifa to lure the girl. The uncle and aunt of the teenager showed the videos in order to convince her to marry the Sheikh. What the girl and her mother did not know was that the Sheikh had paid the relatives of the girl Rs 5 lakh, according to an Indian Express report.
Officials at the Falaknuma Police Station are trying to contact the girl after she recently contacted her parents, the girl told her mother that she was being mistreated by the Sheikh and that she wanted to return home. The police are currently looking for the clergyman who had performed the marriage as he is is the only person who can tell the exact time and date of the marriage. Additional Inspector of Falaknuma police station T Murali Krishna told the Indian Express, ”the wedding took place during Ramzan, we do not know the exact date, the girl’s uncle is not traceable and her aunt is in Muscat”.
The police say, that the girl’s aunt had proposed a marriage with the Sheikh in May. However, the girl’s mother turned down the offer as her daughter is still a minor. Not deterred by the victim’s mother’s refusal the girl was married to the Sheikh in the Chandrayangutta area in Hyderabad. Amjedullah Khan, the leader of Majlis Bachao Tehreek said, ‘we approached the police after the mother of the girl contacted her daughter in Muscat, the mother said her daughter wanted to be rescued”.