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14-Year-Old Forced to Marry Her Kidnapper, Pakistan Court Approves It

In a shocking incident, the Pakistan Sindh High Court allowed a 14-year-old girl’s abductor to marry her. The reason was that the girl had her first menstrual cycle. Last year in October, Abdul Jabbar kidnapped Huma and married her after converting to Islam.

Now, to seek justice the 14-year-old girl’s parents Younis and Nagheena Masih has approached the Supreme Court. According to the Sharia law, the lower court rules the marriage of the 14-year-old Christian girl by saying the marriage is valid as the girl gets her first menstrual cycle.

Tabassum Yousuf, who is the girl’s counsel state that they would approach the Supreme Court. Previously, on Feb 3, the parents approached the Sindh High Court to seek justice for their daughter who further ordered police to oversee the tests to confirm the girl’s age. But later, Muhammad Iqbal Kalhoro and Irshad Ali judges of the court refer to Sharia law and announce the marriage to be valid despite Huma being underage.

Talking about the Sindh Child Marriage Restraint Act passed in 2014, Tabbasum states that girls under 18 years cannot be forced to get married. The act is in relevance to the minors of Hindu and Christian community force to marry.

The parents of the 14-year-old have requested the court to keep Huma at women’s shelter. This is until she becomes an adult and keeps her away from her husband. Submitting the proof of Huma’s age, her parents submitted church documents, Tabassum states. The girl’s mother also seeks help from the international community. Asks them to support by appealing on the Independent Catholic News website.

 

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