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Home > News > Report

Rescued child bride set to
start a new life

Syed Amin Jafri in Hyderabad | May 17, 2003 13:44 IST

Ameena, who hit the headlines 12 years ago as a child bride of an over-aged Arab, is all set to marry a Hyderabadi school-teacher.

Ameena was was forced into marriage with an Arab national, her grand-father's age, in1991. She was only 11 then.

Air-hostess Amrita Ahluwalianoticed a sobbing Ameena while she was on her way to Delhi with her Arab husband. Ahluwalia got her taken off the flight and a case was booked against her father and the Arab national by the Delhi police.

Her plight generated lot of publicity, but very little help came Ameena's way. She was trained in embroidery work by a non-governmentorganisation. Her father Badruddin, an auto-rickshaw driver, died in 1994facing a court case on the one hand and broken promises of assistance from NGOs on the other.

The AP State Minorities Finance Corporation gave Ameena Rs 10,000 to set up a hand embroidery unit. She married off two of her siblings after her father's death.

Ameena is marrying Mohammed Abdul Majeed, who runs an Arabic school and owns an auto-rickshaw. It will be middle-aged Abdul Majeed's second marriage. His first wife deserted him, leaving behind three children.

One of Ameena's cousins, a neighbour of Abdul Majeed in Musheerabad, arranged the marriage.

Aday before the marriage, media attention is once again focused on Ameena. Hordes of reporters crowded her small, rented house in a lower-class locality in the Old City on Saturday.

"Ameena is already 23 years old now. How long could she have remained single, especially since her two younger sisters are already married? She needs to have a family of her own," her mother Sabera Begum told newsmen on Saturday.

But the family is in dire straits these days.

"We have no money to perform the marriage. Even if a wedding is performed in the most frugal manner, it costs no less than Rs 35,000 these days. As of now, Ameena has only Rs 600 in her bank account. We have been given Rs 6,000 by two media organisations. I am going around to seek help from important community leaders to raise some more money for the marriage," Sabera Begum said.

A blushing Ameena told reporters: "I am happy that I have at last found a suitable match by Allah's grace. No one bothered about my fate all these years. I hope I will have better times ahead."

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Sub: nisha vsameena

ameena's second marriage story comes even as nisha basks in her new-found glory. a few days down the pipe, and media would dump nisha too ...

Posted by nishtha

Sub: c'mon......this is nonsense

Dont title the article as "Ameena starts new life..." and give it a fairytale twist. The fact is she is going to marry a "middle ...

Posted by Ram

Sub: what a plight

It's great to see that Ameena has married off two of her sisters. This shows how confident , hardworking and an ever aspiring women she ...

Posted by K.Deepak

Sub: marriage

est wishes to Ameena on her marriage, press and media show intrest on things only when they are hot then they just dessert the entire ...

Posted by muthukumaran

Sub: rescued Kid

What r u doing rediff for this kid?

Posted by Rohit Gupta



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