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Bigamy, Bigamy, They’ve All Got It In For Me

Posted by gauloises1 on April 6, 2010

Sania Mirza and her fiancee Shoaib Malik are wading ever deeper into controversy as their planned April 15th wedding draws closer. In the latest twist, Malik is being questioned by Indian police and has had his passport taken away, effectively marooning him in Mirza’s home city of Hyderabad.

The police are investigating claims made by a woman named Ayesha Siddique, who insists that Malik married her in June 2002. Malik admits marrying Siddique over the phone and signing a marriage certificate, but claims that the marriage is invalid because Siddique turned out not to be the woman he’d seen in photographs and, when he visited her family in Hyderabad, was introduced to him as an elder cousin while the family told him Ayesha was away on business. A relative of the Siddique family claims however that Malik got Ayesha pregnant (she suffered a miscarriage), while Ayesha has told police that Malik offered her money to keep quiet and threatened to kill her if she went public. The situation is further complicated by the fact that Malik was below India’s age of consent (20) at the time of the phone ceremony, but above the age of consent in Pakistan (18).

And that’s without the protests from nationalist and religious groups on both sides.

Best of luck, Sania.

8 Responses to “Bigamy, Bigamy, They’ve All Got It In For Me”

  1. kefuoe said

    Wow! I feel sorry for Sania, but this story is amazing. Who knew you could phone in a marriage.

    • naughty T....urbane gentleman said

      don’t Muslims also get to do the old
      “I divorce thee, I divorce thee, I divorce thee” thing?.. surely you could phone that in.

  2. harini said

    Seriously, this is just getting ridiculous. Doesn’t she get sick of the drama following her?

    Sania, just get out of the country, get married somewhere else, and tell everyone else to eff off. Honestly, how can she deal with anything with the world going crazy around her?

    What was wrong with her former fiance again? What was so awful about him that they broke up? Or maybe she just likes the crazy drama.

    • gauloises1 said

      I rather think the engagement with the former fiance ended quite abruptly after she met Malik, but don’t quote me on that.

    • mina said

      if Sania had half the luck she had attracting drama put into her career, i’m guessing we wouldnt be standing around musing abt this snap wedding.

      idle tennis hands make good married fingers. or something like that. look at Vaidisova…

  3. harini said

    Also, best tweet of the day by Indian journalist/author Shobhaa De:

    “We now know people get married over the phone. But telephonically impregnated, too??Shoaib shld patent this technique asap.”

  4. northcay said

    Why the rush to get married? She’s not turning 40 tomorrow, for crying out loud!

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