- NRI & foreign citizens marrying in India should follow this case carefully ;
- Indian police are seeking extradition UAE citizen in the suspected teen bride case from Kerala; In that case it is alleged that a man married an Indian orphan and divorced her in two weeks or so
- incidentally the GIRL's mother had fixed the marriage, but now somehow the MALE / husband is called a culprit !!!!
- We do NOT know the real facts, what happened , who is wrong etc
- However as regards extradition, What happens here could set a precedent either way ;
Indian police seeking extradition of suspect from UAE in teen bride case
Almost overnight, she has become major news in her native India - a 17-year-old girl living in an orphanage who claims she was forced to marry a man from Ras Al Khaimah.
Police in India say the man's mother helped to set up the marriage, but after two weeks the husband dumped his new bride back at the orphanage, flew home then called her from the UAE to divorce her.
While there have been similar cases in the past, the nature of the allegations in this case have angered the Indian public, igniting strong reaction in the Kerala region in particular, with daily updates in newspapers and on TV.
In the UAE, Kerala residents are also following the story. "People don't like these marriages, where the girl is used for a day or a week and then dumped," said one Kerala man working at an internet café on Abu Dhabi's Hamdan Street.
Authorities are seeking to extradite the 28-year-old Emirati back to India to face charges of underage marriage and exploitation of a minor. Police in India have also arrested seven people, including the suspect's mother, who is Indian, her second husband, the suspect's cousin and four staff at the orphanage.
7DAYS has obtained a copy of the 17-year-old's statement to the police and Child Welfare Committee, a copy of the suspect's visa and passport showing when he entered and left India, and police reports seeking the arrests of the orphanage staff.
According to the teen's statement, she had been living at the orphanage for 13 years, which also doubled as a madrassa where children could learn about Islam. Although her mother was still alive, she lived there because her father had left the family and they couldn't afford to keep her.
The girl claims staff showed her a photo of the man from RAK and put pressure on her to marry him. They allegedly told her the man would likely donate to the orphanage, which would help the other children and teenagers living there. She also claims they forged her mother's signature on consent forms needed for underage marriage.
"I was confused. I don't speak English or Arabic, so I didn't know what was happening," she said. The teenager added that after the marriage, the suspect took her around various sites in Kerala for two weeks, having sex with her but otherwise not engaging with her.
Eventually, she said, he dropped her back at the orphanage, then in August he called her from the UAE to formally end their marriage. The Child Welfare Committee chairman in the Malappuram area of Kerala, Sherrief Ullath, confirmed that authorities are looking for the Emirati suspect.
"We passed on information on the case to the consular people and they will take it from there," he said.