Port Vila, Vanuatu (PressExposure) April 24, 2009 -- The eldest sister of Rubina Ali, the child star from Slumdog Millionaire, says, âMy father said I was unwanted and Rubina more precious.â Sana says her father has driven her away from the family home. âThe Oscar has destroyed my family.â
Father of the girls, was interviewed by police for allegedly putting his nine year-old child star daughter, Rubina, up for sale for $400,000, in an illegal adoption deal. Rafiq Quereshi has denied the allegations and it doesnât seem the police have arrested him. Quereshi would have become a millionaire, in Indian rupees, had the sale succeeded.
The British tabloid âNews of the Worldâ, apparently sent in reporters who posed as a wealthy family from Dubai. In the sting they met with the father, in his new city-provided housing and told him they were interested in adopting Rubina. The father claims he was framed.
In another statement Rafiq said âI have to consider whatâs best for me, my family and Rubinaâs futureâ. He laid the blame on Hollywood bosses as the reason he was forced to put his daughter up for sale. Rafiqâs equally demanding older brother Mohiuddin insisted: âThe child is special now. This is NOT an ordinary child. This is an Oscar child!â
Head of the Jai Ho charitable trust established by the film makers, Boyle and producer Christian Colson, is there to look after the children. Noshir H. Dadrawala says "The Trust will support Rubina, her parents and responsible authorities to ensure the rights and best interests of Rubina are protected". The Trust says it keeps in constant contact with Rubina and her family. The trust has hired a social worker to help care for the young stars. According to the trust, both families receive a monthly stipend for living costs and educational scholarships and will receive a lump sum payment after the stars turn 18 years of age.
âI like being with my father," Rubina Ali said to reporters.
Some footage has appeared in what seems to be Rubina's mother and stepmother brawling in the streets of Mumbai. Khurshid, Rubina's mother, is very upset that her ex-husband was trying to sell her daughter.
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