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Rs 35,000 for a virgin

Zakaria asked us to come on Friday (i.e December 21) post ‘jummah’ (Friday prayer). Luckily in the middle of the conversation, we heard Zakaria talking to someone over the phone about meeting with an Arab. Our suspicion turned true when we saw one Arab entering his office while we were leaving his office. A short while later, he was followed by a group of burqa-clad women. 


MiD DAY reporters outside the entrance to the Qazi’s office at Do Tanki. Pic/Pradeep Dhivar

After about 30 minutes, we spotted the Arab leaving the Qazi’s office. He was later joined by one of the women in the group. During one of our later conversations, Zakaria himself confirmed to us that he had performed a 15-day marriage of the same Arab, who is an Iranian national, with a virgin girl for Rs 35,000. Zakaria confirmed that the Arab client was living in a hotel at Colaba.

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An Arab man, looking for a ‘bride’, with the Qazi

Ashraf: Kal jo aaye the unke saath nahi hoga kya.

Zakaria: Woh karke gaya na. Woh tai karke laya tha, maine nikah kiya Rs 35,000 mein.

Bhupen: Kitne din ka nikaah tha?

Zakaria: Woh bola 15 din ka.

Bhupen: Woh yahi pe ruka hua hai kya kahi.

Zakaria: Colaba mein. Rs 35,000 mein kya pandra din woh rakhega. Kunwari ladki.

Bhupen: Kahan ka hai woh?

Zakaria: Iran ka.

Bhupen: Idhar sirf Iran ke log aate hai?

Zakaria: Saudi, Qatar, Kuwait, Dubai.

Asharaf: Inko itna poochna tha ki aapka kitna hoga.

Zakaria: Jitne mein kaam hoga. Half nikal jayega.

Shabnam: Kitna phir bhi.

Zakaria: Tumhara jitney mein bhi kaam hoga uska half nikal jayega. Woh to party pe hai. Rs 10,000 mein hua Rs 5,000 nikal jayega. Rs 5,000 mein hua 2,500 nikal jayega.

Shabnam: Bahar bhi jaate hai kya.

Zakaria: Passport hai tumhare paas.

Bhupen: Passport hai

Zakaria: To waisa bhi ho jayega. Tumhari kismat mein hoga to jyada mein ho jayega. Kum mein koshish nahi karte hum log karwaneki. Rs 2,000 aur Rs 3,000 ke liye hum log behter nahi samajhte hai.

Bhupen: Khadama ke visa ka kya hisaab hota hai?

Zakaria: Woh naukri ka visa hota hai. Uspe koi jaane ke liye tayar nahi hota. Naukri bhi karayenge aur unke jism ke saath khelenge bhi. Unke saath jab chale gayee, to unke jism se khele to koi rok sakta hai kya.

Bhupen: Khadama mein jayenge to kaisa kaam karna hota hai.

Zakaria: Gharelu kaam. Biwi ka visa bhi hota hai.

Bhupen: Usko kya bolte hai.

Zakaria: Biwi ka visa. Saudi mein biwi ka visa nahi hota.

Bhupen: Khadama ka visa kaha ka hota hai.

Zakaria: Saudi ka.

Ashraf: To phir kabhi aaye hum log.

Zakaria: Jabhi bhi woh log aate hai do ghante teen ghante pehle bol doonga.

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