A brother and sister used falsified documents to marry each other in a bid to start a new life together.
But it was not love which brought them together – they wanted to con their way into Australia through an immigration scam.
The siblings convinced a court to register their union in Punjab, a state bordering Pakistan, with the woman using documents belonging to her cousin, who held an Australian visa.
The pair then travelled as husband and wife to Australia, where they were granted a spousal visa, The Australian reports.
Jai Singh, local inspector, said: “They have cheated the social system, legal system and religious systems, all for the craze, wish and desire to go abroad.
“We are conducting raids but they are on the run and we have not been able to arrest anyone.
He said local police had ‘registered a case’ against six other people involved in immigration scams, but a brother and sister marrying in a bid to move overseas was previously unheard of.
“A brother and sister marrying, is a first, and now it has come in front of our eyes we are all surprised and shocked,” he said.
A spokesman for the Department of Home Affairs said: “All identity documentation provided with visa applications is thoroughly checked… and, where necessary, verified with relevant authorities in the issuing country.”
The Department added it had no control over genuine overseas passports which had been obtained using fraudulent documents.