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Father Tries to Sell His Slumdog Millionaire Actress Daughter

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The father of nine-year-old Slumdog Millionaire child star Rubina Ali allegedly is trying to sell his famous daughter to enrich his family and himself. The dad, Rafiq Qureshi is raising his family in India’s real-life notorious slums of Bandra in Mumbai, and has claimed the film failed to pay his daughter enough to get his family out of poverty. He got reportedly caught red-handed as he tried to make a deal to sell his daughter for millions of rupees worth £200,000, to a News of the World’s undercover reporter who pretended to be a sheik, after being tipped-off by a concerned close family friend and former neighbor.

Darling Rubina played young Latika in British director Danny Boyle’s movie that won eight Oscars. This sort of transaction is far from uncommon in an impoverished nation where human life comes cheap and children are often treated as a commodity. But often these children end up being sold into slavery or other less noble purposes. Apparently though, Rubina’a parents got the idea when one wealthy Middle Eastern family who saw their plight in an item on Al Jazeera TV, expressed an interest in adopting their young daughter. The newspaper though seems to strongly believe the father is more interested in finding the highest bidde, then any noble intentions to find a better life for his daughter.
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