Police in Hyderabad, India arrested five Omani, three Qatari nationals, and three religious leaders on Wednesday and charged them with human trafficking and child marriage. The arrests followed an investigation regarding the rising number of such cases in the area.
“Charges under IPC Sections 420 (cheating and dishonesty), 370 (human trafficking and exploitation), rape and POCSO Act (Protection Of Children From Sexual Offences Act) have been filed against them, said a News18 report quoting Hyderabad police commissioner M Mahendar Reddy.”
A total of twenty people were arrested. Additionally, police identified 35 brokers, mostly women, who participated in the crimes by sending young brides to Gulf countries and obtaining marriage certificates.
News18 reported the raid was based on the tip of a victim who was interviewed by a sheikh. When she rejected him because of age, she was pressured, and she reported him to the police.
Reddy added, “There are people as part of an organised network who identify unmarried victim girls. They are promised a bright future (and) then duped.”