Rafiq Quereshi, father to Rubina Ali who was in the Oscar winning Slumdog Millionaire, attempted to broker a $290,000 deal to sell Rubina to whoever was willing to pay. Originally, Rubina cost $72,000, but since she was an Oscar winner, they inflated her price.
Acting on a tip from a concerned family member, The News of the World posed as a fake sheik to find out if this was true. Apparently it was.
As he tried to fix the illegal adoption deal, real-life slum dweller Rafiq declared: “We’ve got nothing out of this film.”
Then, almost embarrassed to speak it out loud, he whispered to an accomplice the price tag he has put on his innocent young daughter: “It’s £200,000!”
That was an astonishing FOURFOLD increase on his opening demand. But Rafiq’s equally demanding brother Mohiuddin insisted: “The child is special now. This is NOT an ordinary child. This is an Oscar child!”
Police have since arrested the father after a complaint was lodged by his ex-wife. She said she was informed about his plan by her oldest daughter , but didn’t think Rafiq would go through with it.
Rafiq denies this and said he declined the fake sheik’s request to adopt Rubina.
That’s sickening. How can they, the overseers of illegal undeground child adoption, let this price gouging occur? Aren’t there unwritten laws against this? He can’t just go raising the price because she was in a movie that won an Oscar. We had a deal, Rafiq!