A woman from Rajouri district in Jammu and Kashmir has allegedly duped more than two dozen men from Kashmir, and later cleverly managed to escape every time after the marriage.
The incident came in the limelight when more than twelve men approached the Police with a missing reports of their respective wives. However, all the men had a photograph of the same woman.
Speaking to The Kashmiriyat, a resident of Budgam’s Khan Sahib said that he was approached by a marriage broker few months ago showing him the photographs of a Rajouri woman for marriage. Abdul Ahad Mir said, “My son has some physical issues. A local middleman approached me saying that he would get my son married and all I needed to do was pay him two lakh rupees.”
The family along with some relatives reached Rajouri and booked a hotel room. However, the middle man started making excuses in order to delay the deal.
“After a few days, they said the girl had met with an accident and returned half of the money to me. However, a few hours later, they demanded the money back and showed us the photographs another girl. When we agreed to marry, the woman was brought around Isha time (night prayers),” said Abdul Ahad Mir.
The family returned to Kashmir on the same night. “A few days later, she told her husband that she needs to see a doctor, citing some medical issues. The husband went to get the hospital ticket, but upon his return, the woman (his wife) had vanished from the spot.” Said one of the relative of the victim.
Other than these three lakh and eighty thousand rupees we had bought gold worth more than five lakhs as the Mehr (guarantee) for the woman, the father of one of the victims said.
Abdul Rashid, brother of another victim said that around night time the woman was shown to them by a middle man and the Nikah was performed around the same time. “She was at home only for ten days in Chadoora Budgam, however, after that she fled from the hospital,” Rashid said.
Mohammed Altaf Mir, a resident of Budgam in central Kashmir said that he too was married to the woman. “They have forged their documents. They do not show their real names to anyone. She vanished from the house during the dark of the night with everything that was inside the house,” Altaf said while speaking to The Kashmiriyat.
Nisar Ahmed, another Budgam resident claimed that the woman (his wife) went to the hospital along with his mother and escaped from there too.
The lawyer representing them claimed that the racket is big and there are many people involved in it. “There are several people who have been looted by this woman and others in the gang. On the marriage documents her name appears to be Zaheen, Ilayas and Shaheena, but nobody knows her real name,” he said.
In Budgam only, she has married at least twenty seven (27) men with the help of the brokers.