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BD52,000 mehr for Sania Mirza

HYDERABAD: The Pakistani cricketer SHOAIB MALIK, who married the Indian tennis star SANIA MIRZA on Monday, has paid 6,100,000 Indian rupees (BD51,620) as 'mehr'.

Mehr, which is the gift given by the groom to his bride at the time of marriage, is a prerequisite for a Muslim marriage. The gift can be given in the form of cash or gold or other form of wealth and is aimed at giving a financial security to the wife in the case of divorce or death of the man.

The nikah was carried out in Hyderabad after several weeks of controversy over Shoaib Malik's first marriage with AYESHA SIDDIQUI.

QAZI NAJMUDDIN HUSSAIN performed the marriage.

However, what is making news is the fact that Shoaib paid a meagre Rs 500 mehr to Ayesha while Sania Mirza got a grand price.

Shaoib married Siddiqui in 2002 over a telephonic nikah but claims that she was not the girl he fell in love with as the photographs sent to him online were that of another girl.

The Pakistani all-rounder divorced Siddiqui a week ago and agreed to pay 15,000 rupees as maintainance to Ayesh for a span of three months, which breaks down to 5,000 rupees per month.

A day after Sania's marriage, wedding ceremonies began at the residence of the Indian tennis ace.

The bride and her bride-groom arrived at her residence in Jubliee Hills yesterday, formally kicking up a series of ceremonies. The couple stayed at Taj Krishna hotel after their nikah.

Since Sania and her husband were paying first visit to the house after the marriage, they were given a traditional and warm welcome by her parents. IMRAN MIRZA and his wife NASEEMA along with other family members came out of the house to receive the newly-wed couple.

Mehendi, a pre-wedding ceremony, began yesterday with the arrival of relatives and close friends of Sania and family members of Shoaib at Sania's house, which has been decked up and illuminated for the occasion.

Sangeet, a ceremony with musical programme, is scheduled to be held today while Sania's family will host a gala wedding reception at the hotel. The bride's uncle and Gazal singer TALAT AZIZ is set to perform at sangeet.

Sources close to the family said since the two families advanced the 'nikah', the pre-wedding ceremonies like 'mehendi' were being held after the wedding.

Sources said the nikah was advanced to avoid further controversies. Sania's family earlier stated that 'nikah' would take place on Thursday.

The marriage has been reported in the leading British newspapers.The Guardian, The Independent and the Evening Standard reported the event in-depth.

According to Evening Standard, "the unusual cross-border romance captivated the people of the rival countries."



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