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Hyderabad woman gets new lease of life

DUBAI, FEB. 7. Fatima Begum Abdul Qayum (22), convicted for murdering her 80-year-old Arab husband, got a new lease of life when the relatives of her husband dropped their demand for death penalty and asked her to pay blood money.

The Indian Association in the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah in the UAE paid an advance of 10,000 Dirhams towards the 75,000 Dirhams demanded by the relatives. A written agreement was then secured, sparing the life of the Hyderabad-born woman, who was married off at the age of 15.

A Sharia court had sentenced Fatima to death in 1997 and the appeal court subsequently upheld it. Fatima had denied the crime and claimed that one of her family members had killed her husband but could not provide proof to the court.

The association is now making arrangements for Fatima to fly home. — ANI

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