CRIME
06/03/2014 07:35 pm ET Updated Jun 03, 2014

Grifter Allegedly Conned 60 Females Into Marrying Him: Report

An Indian con artist is accused of pilfering money and valuables from 60 women and teens, including a 14-year-old girl, that he tricked into marrying him.

Mohammad Sizam, 30, was arrested Monday by Baligaon police in the northern state of Bihar, according to the Deccan Herald.

From the Herald:

Police got on to his trail after a 14-year-old girl vanished from Bahauddinpur village of Vaishali district and married the man who posed as a traveling ticket examiner.

Once he was arrested, police say, they started getting calls from women who claimed to be his hoodwinked wife.

"So far 15 out of 62 women who claimed to be his wife have come to the police station," Station Head Officer Rajkumar Paswan said. "They all revealed that the con man took money and jewelry from them on one pretext or another. Others are on their way. Most of the women also have children from him."

Police said the suspect changed his name repeatedly over the last 10 years at least.

The charges against Sizman were not reported.

The story comes one day after two suspects confessed to raping and killing two teenage girls in northern India.

The country passed tough new rape laws last year, but women's rights groups say there is much work to be done to prevent crimes against women, according to the BBC.

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