Sex tourism isn’t something we don’t know anything about. The diabolic is present in many countries across the globe and spreading like a plague, which seems unstoppable for reasons being many. However, it’s fiendish claws are also griping India hard in the recent times. While India is getting its due credit within the world community with its ever-increasing trade at the world arena and rise of the middle class, but that surely doesn’t mean this diabolic phenomenon, read sex tourism, hasn’t affected it wee bit.
Rather, India is coming up as one of the most popular places for Islamic sex tourism, and a teenage girl has recently exposed it, says the report. Nausheen Tobassum, a 17-year-old youngster, who also became one of the victims of this system, has brought out the issue and disclosed to what an extent the trend of purchasing ‘one month wives’ for sex has gone up to in India alone.
According to the promoters of Muslim women’s rights, ‘contract marriages’ for shorter period of time not allowed in Islam. It is illegal in India too. Instead of these, the practice is going higher with each passing day in Hyderabad as well as in rest of the southern part of India. Wealthy Muslim men from the Middle East, some local agents, and so-called ‘Qazis’ (Muslim priests who are appointed by the state government) are taking advantage of poverty of numerous Muslim families located in those places. As a result, many innocent teenagers like Nausheen are their soft targets.
Inspector Vijay Kumar, who has been in charge of the case, stated that Nausheen ran away from her home when her parents started forcing her for a contract marriage with Usama Ibrahim Mohammed, a 44-year-old Sudanese man. He was married, living with his spouse and two children in Khartoum, and had paid £1,200 or around Rs. 100,000 for buying her as his ‘wife’ for next 4 weeks.
Nausheen was taken to a hotel near Moghulpuri by her aunt Mumtaz Begum where a few other girls were also present. The ‘agreement’ was made there between Mumtaz and Mohammed. The ‘groom’ handed over Rs. 100,000 to the girl’s aunt from which she paid Rs. 70,000 to the parents of the girl, Rs. 5,000 to the Qazi, and another Rs. 5,000 to an Urdu translator respectively. She also kept Rs. 20,000 for herself.
The next day, Mohammed and the Qazi came to the home of Nausheen along with the ‘wedding certificate’ as well as a ‘Talaknama’ containing the terms of the marriage. It was stated in the document that both of them would get divorce as soon as the holiday of the groom will end. The Sudanese man, who was actually older than Nausheen’s father, also asked her for sex but the brave girl firmly refused his offer.
As per the report, Nausheen escaped from the home and was rescued by a police patrol. Right now, she is staying in a government home, which is for girls only.
The police have already arrested Mohammed, the Qazi and Mumtaz Begum. An arrest warrant for Nausheen’s parents has also been issued in charge of planning and organizing a child marriage, encouraging criminal conspiracy, abusing the innocence of a woman, says inspector Kumar.