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Marriage bureaus with unfair tactics to extract money.

ISLAMABAD -- Majority marriage bureaus reportedly use unfair tactics to extract maximum money from the parents, who are having problems in finding suitable matches for their children due to financial and social constraints.

Citizens demanded to the government to take a stern action against such marriage bureaus in twin cities who are openly cheating people to earn money.

Ayesha Qasim a mother of a girl while commenting on this issue told that people are cheated in the name of social services and to get a legitimate reference but these marriage bureaus only work to make money.

"I paid a lot of money to so called marriage bureaus, but till today, never got any response from them. These bureaus would always tell you that these matters "take time, "she said.

Another citizen Asim Qureshi said that these bureaus approach their customers with their well phrased ads in different newspapers. They ask to fill out registration forms, take a large amount of money and never respond. They don't even bother to pick up your phone when you call them after paying money, he added.

So called marriage bureaus, operating in Islamabad, charge around Rs 3,000 to Rs 5,000 for local matches, Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000 for inter-city matches and Rs 20,000 to Rs 30,000 for the matches of overseas Pakistanis.

"Mostly middle class or overseas Pakistanis contact marriage bureaus. These ingenious matchmakers exploit such people to the hilt," lamented a victim of a matchmaker."I submitted Rs 5,000 registration fee with a marriage bureau and they promised to find an excellent match for my daughter. After taking the money, they even refused to recognize me. That's quite unfair," said Mrs. Mukhtar.

The marriage bureaus owners claimed that fees they receive costs them a "lot" to find a match. We all know local call rates very well.

A matchmaker said that she only charges money by looking at the financial status of her customers.

These bureaus are being owned and run by sole owners, without any government registration.
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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Date:Mar 7, 2013
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