'Slumdog' child star's father denies he intended to sell his daughter

The father of Slumdog Millionaire child star Rubina Ali denies a story by British paper News of the World that he tried to sell his daughter for $300,000, reports People.com. Rafiq Qureshi confirmed he did meet with prospective adoptive parents looking to buy Ali–who turned out to be News of the World reporters– but says he only entertained their offer out of social decorum. "In India," Qureshi tells People, "you never say ‘no’ directly, least of all to guests. You try not to offend people by refusing to help." Qureshi’s second wife, Meena, tells People, "We are poor, yes, but not so poor that we have to sell our children. The whole thing is a lie."

Update: Indian police are now investigating the alleged attempt to sell Ali, following up on a complaint filed by the child’s mother, Khurshid Begum, the Associated Press reports. Ali’s father, Qureshi, refuted the allegations, speaking to reporters outside a Mumbai police station Sunday, after he was questioned. Qureshi asserts that he initially believed the alleged sale attempt was a ruse by his ex-wife to regain custody of Ali. Mumbai police have made no findings of fact on the complaint, with police officer Nishar Tamboli telling assembled journalists, "There are claims and counterclaims made by the mothers and thefather.…We are probingthe matter."


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  • Kelly Lee

    ummm – weird. I hear Madonna is adopting her!!!

    http://weeklyworldnews.com/celebs/7720/madonna-adopts-slumdog-star/

  • sara

    Would YOU agree to meet with someone who wanted to BUY YOUR CHILD out of “social decorum”???
    Someone please rescue this child.

  • k

    Knowing the Male Indian, I would say that this just might be true

  • Adam
  • EBGB

    I think her father is setting her up to be abused. He is trying to get top dollar for the girl now that she’s a star. It’s sad that such a low value is placed on her life. He’s just embarassed that he was caught. Many families sell their daughters to rich Middle Eastern families who then go on to mentally, physically, and sexually exploit them. Someone needs to step in and save her.

  • bachu

    Credit must be given where credit is due. At least Rubina’s father did not try to rape her or kill the entire family with a gun in a murder suicide bid as it happens every other day in good old US of A.

  • Chimpsmasher

    “bachu Tue, Apr 21, 2009 at 02:18 AM EST
    Credit must be given where credit is due. At least Rubina’s father did not try to rape her or kill the entire family with a gun in a murder suicide bid as it happens every other day in good old US of A.” Yes, he deserves so much credit. Mentioning the USA in a comment for this story makes so much sense. Rape and violence never occur in good ole India. Seek counseling.

  • welid

    i think that this is very wrong

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