Poker Debt Outrage

AP, Feb. 28, 2007

Police are seeking 10 men accused of pressuring a Pakistani woman to hand over her teenage daughter as payment for a 16-year-old poker debt, officials said yesterday.

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The 17-year-old was to be surrendered as a bride for the son of Lal Haider, the man who won the card game years before, Umrani told reporters in Hyderabad, 160 km northeast of Karachi.

Umrani said her husband was a gambler who ran up the debt at a poker game when Rasheeda was a year old. He promised Haider that he would get Rasheeda in lieu of payment when she grew up, the mother said.

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