Police in Hyderabad arrested eight sheikhs and four Muslim clerics on Wednesday for allegedly being part of a marriage racket. The detained Sheikhs came from Saudi Arabia, Oman and Qatar.
Clerics were arrested on charges of cheating innocent girls in the name of marriage. According to police, Saudi Arabia’s sheikhs had married two young girls – Falakhnuma and Chandrayan Gutta – under contract. Police also detained four owners of the lodge and five marriage brokers.
On Monday, the qazi chief of Mumbai, Fareed Ahmed Khan, was also arrested for allegedly providing marriage certificate for the young girl who assisted an Omani sheikh to obtain a visa.
Several marriages have been interrupted in the past by police in Hyderabad, who reportedly persuade the girls’ parents to marry sheikhs on a contractual basis by offering money.