Slumdog millionaire!

April 21, 2009 at 5:01 pm 5 comments


Following a sting operation that showed the nine-year-old’s father demanding a whopping Rs 1.8 crore to give her up for adoption, relatives from Rubina breaks down as squabble continues all over turned up, seeking ‘a share of the pie’

Following a sting operation by a British tabloid, nine-year-old angel-faced Rubina Ali, who starred in Slumdog Millionaire, has been caught in the midst of a tug-of-war.

Since the news broke that Rubina’s father Rafique Qureshi was allegedly trying to sell his daughter to a Saudi Sheikh for a whopping Rs 1.8 crore, every relative, no matter how distant, entered the fray.

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A direct fallout is that the girl’s biological mother, Khurshid, who separated from her husband eight years ago, laid fresh claim to the girl on Sunday and even approached the police.

At the same time, scores of relatives stood by Rafique, ensuring he did not part with Rubina.

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In the afternoon, Khurshid arrived at Bandra’s Gharib Nagar slums where Rubina lives, and abused everyone.
She tried to attack Rubina’s stepmum Munni, but others intervened. She then approached the Nirmal Nagar police to lodge a complaint and take custody of Rubina.

Meanwhile, Rafique’s relatives arrived and tried to convince the media how loving a father Rafique was and why Rubina should live only with him. A relative said, “Allegations against Rafique are false. Why will he sell her? She is going to earn so much more. Bhala dudh dene wali gai ko koi bechta hai kya? (Does anyone sell a cow that can still be milked?)”

The police, who witnessed the drama, merely recorded statements of Khurshid, Rafique and Rubina without lodging a complaint.

An officer said, “They are fighting over the girl now that she has turned into a goose that lays golden eggs. Everybody wants a share of the pie. Khurshid had come to us seeking custody of the girl even when the film first made headlines. But the girl says she wants to live with her father.”

PI Prakash Salunkhe of Nirmal Nagar police said, “We recorded statements and will investigate allegations of illegal adoption. No complaint has been lodged.”

Meanwhile, following the denial of the sting by Rafique, The News of the World released a statement saying: “The News of the World thoroughly investigated information that the father of Rubina was seeking to sell his daughter for adoption. We are entirely satisfied that our report is fair, true and accurate.”


The drama unfolded when News of the World reported that as Slumdog Millionaire did not fetch Rubina’s family a fortune, her father was even prepared to “sell” her for a tidy sum. The tabloid ran a sting operation video on its Web site, where Rafique is seen negotiating a price for Rubina’s illegal adoption. The reporters posed as a wealthy Sheikh family from Saudi Arabia, offering to adopt the girl. They called Rafique to Leela Kempinski on Friday along with Rubina. There, Rafique allegedly demanded Rs 1.8 crore for the adoption.


Rafique denies trying to sell the girl. He said there was no talk of money even though he is clearly heard asking for money in the video. He said, “They contacted me saying they were moved by our poverty and the Sheikh wanted to meet the girl. When we met, they spoke of adoption. But I refused. Why should I sell my girl? The voice (asking for money) in the video is not mine. It is a conspiracy to take my girl from me. My former wife Khurshid is involved.”


Rafique’s statement, however, does not tally with that of his daughter. While on camera Rubina maintained what her father said was true, off camera she said, “I don’t know what happened. While returning my father asked me if I would like to go to Saudi Arabia. I said yes. They also spoke of getting passports for themselves.”

Source: Siasat News


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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Specs  |  April 21, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    Disturbing and disgusting.

    Is there no relation left in the world that one can trust? How can a father sell his own little girl?!?!

    ~ I am speechless 😦

  • 2. nadia  |  April 21, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    Adoption is not a bad thing, but making money out of it is.

    “Bhala dudh dene wali gai ko koi bechta hai kya?” – I can’t believe someone can say that about a little girl!

    ~ Money is everything now a days, it makes the dead relation alive. Very very sad:(

  • 3. Abid  |  April 22, 2009 at 11:15 am

    Yea…I read about this in our local paper (Toronto Star) this morning too. It’s really so sad. 😦

    ~ Yep, Very Sad 😦

  • 4. Behbood  |  April 22, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    I kind of dont believe the dad here one bit. He might have done this and asked Rubina if she wanted to go to Saudi Arabia. Being young as she is, she probably thought it was for a vacation or something. It’s just so sad that a parent would take advantage of his overnight-celebrity daughter in this way.

    One cant even argue that maybe he cant afford to fund for her education, because Dan Boyle and the Fox Motion Pictures made sure her education funds are in place and have taken care of that. So that’s one expense that’s off of Rafiq’s plate.

    He cant argue that her life’s in danger after the movie and he’s been getting death threats because if there was something of this sort, then it would be in the paper and the media would report it immediately.

    Maybe Rafiq does not know that 400,000 USD is still an infinite amount of money and would someday not equate to the memories and the life his daughter fills his world with!!!!

    Sacch main..paisa aadmi ko andha banaa deta hai..and apne Rafiq bhai is a prime time example of this stupidity!!!

    ~Yes, Yaar. It’s ridiculous 😦

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