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India has escalated diplomatic pressure to get a key accused, Abdullah Haji, in fake currency notes smuggling racket, deported from United Arab Emirates.

Haji was imprisoned in UAE for allegedly being a part of the global union involved in smuggling with the help of Pakistan-based Iqbal Kana.

Kerala police had registered a case against Haji, which was later transferred to the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

The NIA has accused that Haji supplied fake currency notes worth Rs 24.16 lakhs in 2010 that were seized by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence from a passenger at Kochi Airport.

The deportation of Abdullah Haji is a major step- up for the Indian agencies in the fake currency racket case.

The Economic Times reported one of the officials as saying that if they get to interrogate Haji, they will get deeper insight into the international racket that has “thrived with the support of Pakistan’s ISI and gangster Dawood Ibrahim.”

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Mother Convicted of Forcing Daughter to Marry

A British court has convicted a mother of forcing her daughter to marry a relative almost twice her age in Pakistan, in a first successful prosecution of its type in England.

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A British court has convicted a mother of forcing her daughter to marry a relative almost twice her age in Pakistan, in a first successful prosecution of its type in England.

A jury at Birmingham Crown Court on Tuesday convicted the mother of four of duping her then 17-year-old daughter into travelling to Pakistan on the pretext of a family holiday in 2016 and forcing her to marry there, the BBC reported.

The mother was found guilty of two counts of forced marriage and was scheduled to be sentenced.

The court heard the girl had been entered into a “marriage contract” with the man years before in Pakistan and became pregnant at 13. The victim had an abortion on returning to the UK, with her doctor reporting his concerns to social services.

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Prosecutors said the girl’s mother told them that her daughter and the man were just “two teenagers who had sneakily had sex” after she was referred, the BBC said.

The girl was tricked into travelling to Pakistan again in September 2016 and was forced by her mother to sign marriage papers.

When the daughter protested against the marriage, her mother threatened to burn her passport and assaulted her.

The mother was also convicted of perjury after she lied about the incident in the High Court.

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It is the first time a forced marriage case of this kind has been successfully prosecuted in an English court. Prosecutions for forced marriage, which became an offense in 2014, are rare. (IANS)

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