Hotel boy: Arabs marry the girls and then betray them
In a month-long investigation, Bhupen Patel and Kranti Vibhute went undercover to reveal a dark world where girls as young as 15 are sold to rich Arabs for a few days to be their 'wives' and qazis perform sham marriages to make a quick buck
December 26, 2012
Location: Rajdoot Hotel
We posed as friends of an Arab who is expected to arrive in India later in the day. We went to the reception and demanded to inspect the rooms for the expected guest. And discussed whether they allow Arab marriages in the hotel to which the reception agreed.
Bhupen: Woh party ayegi na bahar ki, unko nikah karna hai. Nikah allowed hai na yaha pe.
Receptionist: Haan allowed hai, sirf nikahnama chahiye.
Bhupen: Aur unka (Arab) kya lagenga? Passport lagega?
Receptionist: Passport toh lagenga na. Lekin humlog kisi aur ko allow nahi karte.
Location: Pals hotel
At Pals hotel, one of the employees opened up and divulged more details. A middle-aged man from Jalgaon gave us inside details of how Arabs staying at Pals continue to marry girls and abandon them at the end of their journey. While working as a room boy for the hotel he claimed that he had seen several cases wherein women are married and later divorced by the Arabs before leaving the country. Here is what he said.
(Conversation in Marathi)
Bhupen: Is it okay if I get girls here?
Room boy: Yes yes, you have come to the right place.
Bhupen: Do you have more Arbi customers here? Do they come with the girls? Do they come here and marry or just hire them.
(Room boy nods)
Room boy: The one you saw getting down just now (referring to one Arab), has got married here (in Mumbai).
Bhupen: How old is the girl?
Room boy: She must be 19 to 20 years of age. Even you can get girls from outside here.
Bhupen: Where do the Arabs get these girls? Do you have any contacts?
Room boy: No
Bhupen: Are there any other marriages that had taken place recently.
Room boy: They (Arab) marry the girls and then they betray them. There were two girls, one from Chembur and the other one from Kurla, who were abandoned after marriage by the Arab.
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