Karkala: Kafuruddin Raviyatu Rafia, a Sri Lankan woman working as a beautician in the State of Kuwait, had arrived in Karkala over a fortnight ago, in search of her husband, Mubeen Yusuf Syed, a resideent of Jodukatte Miyar.
Mubeen too was employed in Kuwait earlier, where he met Rafia. The friendship turned into love and they reportedly married according to Islamic rituals in the presence of religious teachers there.
In 2013, Mubeen came to India on the pretext of attending his sister’s marriage but did not go back to Kuwait. Instead, he reportedly got married to a woman from Kaup. Having no proper communication with Mubeen, the worried Rafia made enquiries with other Indian nationals, those from around Udupi in particular, in Kuwait in order to contact him.
With no success in that mission, she took upon herself the task of handling the situation single-handedly. She arrived in Karkala all alone and tracked down Mubeen’s house. The family refused to accept her as the officially married wife. With no option left, Rafia complained to the Karkala police.
Luckily for her, Suman Pernekar, a woman IPS police officer serving as assistant superintendent of police in Karkala subdivision who is known for her tough handling of cases, came to her rescue. She summoned Mubeen to her office and investigated the matter. Initially he is said to have denied having married her.
Since Rafia produced records of their marriage and photographs and selfie shot clicked together, the ASP gave him two or three days’ time to decide about it. Severe legal action was to follow in case of offence being proved.
Finally he is said to have to admitted to the marriage having taken place. He has also given an undertaking that he would retain both the wives. He has given a written assurance that he would look after the first wife well.
With the happy feeling of having succeeded in her mission, Rafia is said to have flown back to Kuwait.