Teenager exposes India’s ‘one month wives’ sex tourism

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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’ were illegal in India and forbidden in Islam, they were 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 teenage 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.

“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.

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  1. Its deplorable to read this ugly and nauseating account of the so callerd sex tourism in India. Owing to apparently extreme poverty, Muslim families are forced to offer their teenage girls to wealthy sex maniacs behind facade of “short term legitimate marriages”. As a Muslim I have never heard of any such injunction in Islam.

    • @Javed Arshad: “As a Muslim I have never heard of any such injunction in Islam”.

      So you never heard of mutah marriage? You must come out of the rock you have been living under mate.

    • Our elite in Islamabad engage in similar contract marriages in Islamabad with the girls from Northern areas who come to the city for education; usually bureaucrats does 2-3 years contract marriages with the student girls. They are provided with a flat and income so that they carry own their studies while being available to "contractual husband". Just like reported in this article, divorce papers are pre-signed. This is a common practice and we don't need to go to India to see this problem when its happening right under own nose.

  2. Temporary marriage has been practiced both in Shia and Sunni Islam. In Shia Mazhab it is called MUTTA, whereas in Sunni Islam it is termed as "MISYAR marriage." Muslims have heard about Mutta "temporary marriage", but Misyar marriage is not well known. The rich of middle eastern background frequently visit Egypt for this purpose. Travel agencies openly advertise such tours with pictures catalog. This practice is nevertheless, condemnable and below the dignity of human beings. It is up to Qazi's to ban this sex tourism and declare it UN Islamic.

      • And the rest of the muslime world just goes to Indonesia or Bangkok to have sex with little girls and boys. No need to deny it. I've lived in both places and saw it on a daily basis. I lived near the area where they did their business, and there were so many men there wearing the different clothes representative of their culture/nation, that it was obvious. I'm well-educated and well-travelled, and you won't cut it if you deny it. You, on the other hand, probably haven't been there.

        • *** is PakiToday's way of saying s-e-x
          Get over it PakiToday. S-E-X is only a word, and if your website is so immature as to not allow that word to be printed, it only proves all the more how sick your culture is.

  3. Although, I am not conversant with the rules of Islam, I do not think this has anything to do with religion. It is economic exploitation and takes so many forms including organ trade. We should all view it as a social problem instead of debating whether or not it is permitted in Islam. Offenders should be publicly insulted on social media, press, news etc. and punished equivalent to rape.

  4. This has nothing to do with religion.This is exploitation of poverty sanctified by ignorant religious teachers for personal gain.

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