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Policemen refuse to file FIR against 6-yr-old's father for her abduction

A woman who approached the Oshiwara police to lodge an FIR against her husband for abducting their six-year-old daughter was repeatedly turned away. Having lodged a missing persons complaint for the child, they kept stalling against converting it to a complaint for abduction, even though the complainant told them that the man had asked for Rs 50,000 as ransom. The Oshiwara police have now been ordered by the Andheri Magistrate court to convert the missing persons complaint into an FIR for abduction.


Saira Qureshi holds up a photograph of her daughter Muskaan, who has allegedly been abducted by her father; the court has asked the police to file an FIR against the man

Oshiwara resident Saira Qureshi (30), who works as a domestic help, has been making rounds of the police station for a month, to lodge a complaint against her husband Yaqoob Qureshi, who she claims fled with their daughter Muskaan after quarrelling with her. She shared her apprehensions with the police officers that her husband might sell off their daughter to get money for alcohol. The cops allegedly waved off her claims.

Tired of being ignored, Saira, who is six-months-pregnant, approached a lawyer Faisal Shaikh, who filed an application in the Andheri Magistrate court. The court in turn ordered the police yesterday to register an FIR immediately. The magistrate also ordered the Oshiwara police to nab Yaqoob and recover Muskaan at the earliest.

In her complaint, Saira said that she had married Yaqoob in 2006. After being tortured by him, she had moved from the Capital to Mumbai, where she started living with her brother in Oshiwara. In 2007, Yaqoob too came to Mumbai and started staying with Saira. Since he was unemployed, Saira had to support him. However, the couple were not happy, and fought often over Yaqoob’s alcoholism.

He would often torment her to extract money from her. On March 16, the couple rowed furiously, after which Saira had to leave for work. When she returned, her daughter and husband were nowhere to be found. Her neighbours informed her that Yaqoob had taken Muskaan along with him. “In spite of searching for him in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, I have not been able to find Muskaan. On April 16, one of my relatives received a call from Yaqoob, in which he demanded Rs 50,000 from me as ransom,” said Saira.

“When I informed the police officers, they told me that these things happen among poor people. They also told me that this was a domestic problem and that Muskaan was with her father. I kept repeating that I was scared that Yaqoob would sell my daughter for money, but the police officers did not pay heed to my complaint,” she added.

Saira approached Shaikh, who accompanied her to the police station. Yet again, the police officers avoided lodging a case of abduction against the child’s father. “I wrote an application to the court as the police officers had not been investigating at all in spite of Saira’s repeated visits to the police station,” said Shaikh. Senior Police Inspector D K Rupawate from Oshiwara police station said, “Court has passed an order telling us to probe the whole matter. We will get them to the police station and take down their
statement.” 

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