Slumdog child star’s father arrested

Rubina Ali and her younger brother watch as their mother and stepmother fight on a Mumbai streetHours after being questioned over claims that he tried to sell his nine-year-old daughter, Rubina Ali, who starred in Slumdog Millionaire, Rafiq Quereshi was arrested after he apparently ordered his 13-year-old daughter, Sana Ali, to leave the family home,  in Garib Nagar — a small, filthy slum in north Mumbai — according to timesonline. “My father said I was unwanted and Rubina was more precious,” Sana told the Hindustan Times. “The Oscar has destroyed my family.” Sana went to her biological mother, Kurshida Devade, and told her that her father was trying to sell Rubina. Hearing the news, Kurshida went to Qureshi’s home and got into a physical altercation with the stepmother, Munni Qureshi, on a Mumbai street. The Indian police got involved and at Kurshida’s request, are investigating the claim that Rubina’s father tried to sell her. Qureshi denies the allegations, telling People that he pretended to be interested in selling his daughter out of politeness: “In India, you never say ‘no’ directly, least of all to guests. You try not to offend people by refusing to help. They said they were childless and desperately fond of Rubina after seeing her in the film. I felt sorry for them, but I was never going to give her up.” ~movi_alex

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  1. Nancy • April 21, 2009 @ 11:00 AM

    “You never say ‘no’ directly. You try not to offend people by refusing to help.”

    No, wouldn’t want to “offend” a stranger…just your daughter, right? Some stranger comes up to you because they are desperate for a child and they want your child…(right after the Oscar’s of course), and you don’t want to say “No” for fear of offending THEM?

  2. tributegirl • April 21, 2009 @ 5:04 PM

    Oh, man, this guy is so full of sh1t, his eyes are brown.

  3. Carol • April 21, 2009 @ 7:01 PM

    Yeah, politeness…so if someone came to my door asking to buy my daughter, I’d tell them to shove it up their….
    But women are 2nd, actually not even 2nd, just at the bottom of the totem pole.

  4. mandee • April 22, 2009 @ 3:40 AM

    i think he was trying to sell her. i hope he is in jail for a longggggg time.

  5. Jim • April 22, 2009 @ 9:59 AM

    Agreeing to sell his daughter out of respect but having no intention of actually doing it? That is not even remotely believeable. I understand different cultures do things differently than I am used to, and I can only assume it is much different than everyone on here is used to, but this is totally unbelievable. The part that makes me sad is that this has come to the public’s attention because of this little girl starring in a movie. How many children are sold in India daily that we never hear about? I understand that this little girl has more “worth” than other children because of her exposure and her budding career but I am sure she is not the only one. How sad!!

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