Oma­nis ar­rested in In­dia still in jail

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MUS­CAT: In­dian po­lice of­fi­cials have con­firmed that the eight Oma­nis who were ar­rested last month are still in jail.

The Oma­nis were ar­rested by In­dian po­lice of­fi­cers for al­legedly mar­ry­ing “un­der­age girls”.

“The eight Oma­nis are still in jail and the next hear­ing in court will come up next week,” said DCP Satya­narayana, the deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (South Zone).

He also said that case is cur­rently be­ing heard at the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Ju­di­cial Mag­is­trate court in Hy­der­abad. “We are ready to wel­come all Omani na­tion­als for tourism, ed­u­ca­tion, busi­ness and health pur­poses. But mar­ry­ing girls below 18 is a crime in In­dia.

“We need to con­vey this mes­sage to Omani na­tion­als, who come here to get mar­ried. Oma­nis vis­it­ing in In­dia also shouldn’t fall un­der any il­le­gal bro­ker who prom­ises th­ese un­der­age mar­riages,” he told the Times of Oman.

Mean­while the de­ten­tion of the Oma­nis has also come un­der dis­cus­sion by the Oman Hu­man Rights Com­mis­sion, whose Chair­man met with the Am­bas­sador of In­dia to the Sul­tanate in Mus­cat on Tues­day.

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