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Omani released from Indian jail


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Muscat: The 61-year-old Omani, detained in India for allegedly 'marrying' two minor girls, was released from the jail on Friday.

The Omani was released after the Indian authorities accepted the bail plea of his relatives, said his son, adding that his father was languishing for almost four months.

"We received good cooperation from the Omani Consulate General in India, Omani Embassy in Delhi as well as the Indian authorities," said his son.

"My father is supposed to arrive in the Sultanate this week," said his son.  Ten other people, all Indians, allegedly involved in the match-making exercise were released last month, the family members of arrested Omani said.

The son claimed that his father was not treated well in the Indian prison. He said his family was finding it difficult even to supply the prescribed medicines for his heart ailments to his father.

According to reports, police have slapped charges of rape (under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act and Prohibition of Child Marriages Act) against the Omani national. The parents of the minor girls have been booked under the Prohibition of Child Marriages Act.

According to one of his sons, their father had visited  Hyderabad for a bride on the recommendation of an Indian resident. He alleged that his father was 'misled' by some agents who forged the birth certificates of the girls as they were minors.

As per the certificates, the age of the girls was 20 years while they were actually 16-year-old.
The police had arrested the Omani national based on the original birth certificates of the girls.

The Omani national's son said that when the first girl ran away, his father decided to marry the second girl.

"This led to a major dispute between the two families. It was then that the relatives of the first girl filed a police complaint which led to his arrest," he said.

To get in touch with the reporter fahad@timesofoman.com

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