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Last Updated 31.03.2020 | 8:11 PM IST
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Was the Oscar child being sold off?

With the IPL being the flavour of the season, one can take a breather and can 'officially' say that the Oscar fever has settled down. But that's not seeming to be the case in Gareeb Nagar, the by-now famous slums of Mumbai, courtesy, Slumdog Millionaire, as it's the domain of the child star Rubina Ali Qureshi. Call it as irony or anything else, but the kids and their near and dear ones just do not seem to be leaving the spotlights shift from them, even once! The last time Slumdog... kids were in the news was when the child star Azharuddin got slapped by his own father, because he said no to an interview by a TV channel, as he was too exhausted and tired, by all the Oscar frenzy. And this time round, it's the turn of the girl child to be at the centre of the spotlight. Shocking it may sound, but the fact remains that she was not in the news regarding any remuneration dues, but, because of her father who allegedly tried to sell her off for a reported sum of $400,000! This story caught everyone's attention when the leading channel 'News of the World' published a account-by-account details of the sting operation that they did, claiming that their investigators met Rubina's father and uncle in a Mumbai hotel and tried to negotiate a deal for illegal 'adoption'. According to the report, Rubina's father Rafiq Qureshi demanded $400,000 to sell his daughter off, saying she is now special as she is an 'Oscar child'. 'News of the World' also stated that it had been tipped off about Rubina's family's 'sickening intentions' by a concerned inhabitant of the squalid slums in the heart of Mumbai in the beginning of March itself. However, all of these reports have been rubbished by both Rubina as well as her father Rafiq Qureshi.

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