I know it’s nothing unusual but still
THE CITY police have sought the help of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) as well as the Oman government to rescue two young Muslim women who have complained of Ã¢â‚¬Å“torture beyond enduranceÃ¢â‚¬? by their Omani husbands within weeks of their marriage.
The two women, Sameena Begum (23) and Nazia Begum (20), were married to photos of their husbands by a local quazi and then taken to Oman on September 25 to be united with their husbands. On Tuesday, both of them tele phoned their family members alleging that their husbands (who happen to be twins) were epileptics and were subjecting them to cruelty.
The women complained that the marriage brokers in Hyderabad had conned them into matrimony, stating that the two Omanis were young men working in government and drawing decent salaries. But on reaching, they found that the two were aged men and suffering used to visit Hyderabad regularly and broker marriages for aged and old people who could not find brides in their country. He had also married two women from the old city area but deserted them after a brief fling.
The police said they had written to the Indian embassy seeking its help. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Our priority is to bring the women back to India,Ã¢â‚¬? said inspector Sai Krishna, who is investigating the case.
and two agents who had brokered the clandestine marriage .They were produced in court and remanded in judicial custody.
The police are on the lookout for Hosni, who from epilepsy and violent mood swings.
Sameera informed her parents that her husband confined her into a room, tried to strangle and jump on her abdomen. Shaken, her parents rang up Al Hosni, the Omani national who had escorted the girls from Hyderabad to Oman, but the latter demanded Rs 75,000 before releasing the two women.
Acting on the complaint of the parents, the police arrested three quazis.
Source- HT, 13th October 2006
Fathers, old orthodox and often bigots, coerce their daughters to get married to such people and then often end up in ruining the lives of innocents. Not just among Muslims but this practice is common in Punjab and other parts of North India. Mostly these marriages are for money. Fathers marry off their daughters in hope for a brighter future and lavish living, a freedom from abject poverty that most of these families are subjected to. Then there are dalals who direct the whole fictitious marriage, well marriage just for the name sake; a marriage with photo or online marriage or even telephonic! And of course there are greedy Mullahs who can make way for any possibility. The end result, the innocent virgin being raped by her, father like, husband. I can’t even imagine how she feels when she is confronted with an elderly man ready to let loose his sexual lust on her. Well in most cases the man has to be a shameless scoundrel whose morality has been traded for libido. These viagra powered men try to defy age and also malign the sacred ritual of marriage. They shatter the dreams of those innocent and benign young girls, marriages like these will continue to haunt them even if they are rescued.
This is highly disturbing to see such marriages taking place when shariyah has no room for such marriages! The shariyah says that for a marriage to take place, the bride and the groom should be present under a single roof.
4:128. And if a woman fears cruelty or desertion on her husband’s part, there is no sin on them both if they make terms of peace between themselves; and making peace is better. And human inner-selves are swayed by greed. But if you do good and keep away from evil, verily, AllÃƒÂ¢h is Ever Well Acquainted with what you do.
Secondly, its again ignorance on the parent’s part, that they let their girls get married to people without taking the pain of making sure that he is the right match. Even if itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s lucrative or whatever but it is a question concerning one life. When shariah has given clear commandments then why do people fall prey to such heinous crimes? In the end we can easily blame the culprit but what about the innocent eyes which were subjected to those hellish scenes? Will they blame and forget like we do?
There is also a trend that is being followed in these marriages. While Punjabis mostly prefer Canada, Muslims prefer Saudi. My dad used to critisize these Saudi obsessed Muslims. He graduated from AMU but then he didn’t take the flight to gulf after that. His argument was that they waste their technological skills in working in the Gulf as most of the companies are not production based. My uncle has an interesting incident to narrate. While interviewing people for a technical job a shekh preferred a diploma holder over a bachelor degree holder just because diploma was a degree he was hearing for the first time! So basically Gulf has nothing to offer in terms of professionalism so what would the grooms there offer?
This article has been coauthored my Sharique and Bushra.