Police in Pakistan saved a 10-year-old girl from being forced to marry a man who is believed to be 50 years of age,however according to many people he looks slightly older than 50 in the picture,which ever way the man was clearly old enough to be her dad,this was absolutely disgusting of her parents to agree to this….
The parents said they did this out of poverty because they owe people money,they did it to pay off loans,however that is not a excuse to ruin your daughters life.
The Young girls parents accepted £5,400 from the “50-year-old” Jeetmal Mehar in exchange for their daughter so they could pay off a loan they had accumulated but could not pay off due to health reasons.
Police officers just arrived in time,They managed to get there just after the marriage contract was signed,however the groom just escaped and now is on the run from the police,but 11 people including the young girls parents have been arrested and are in police custody.
Gulzar Mari, a policeman investigating the case, said: ‘On December 19, around 11am we received information that a minor girl was being married to a 50-year-old man.
‘We took immediate action and raided the house of Muhammad Mehar. He was the broker in this marriage and had taken £340 from the groom and £170 from bride’s family.’
The bride’s mother Masmat Nabiat said that she had agreed to marry her daughter off as the family had to pay a loan of around £3,400.
She said: ‘My husband was ill and for his treatment we had taken loan from some influential people.
‘My husband is unable to stand on his feet and can’t walk that is why he was not present at the Nikah ceremony of our daughter.
‘Due to financial constraints we couldn’t pay back the loan. The people we had taken money from were pressuring us that they will recover their loan amount by selling our house.
‘Muhammad Mehar contacted us through some sources and offered £5,400 if we will marry our daughter to Jeetmal Mehar.
‘Neither I nor my husband wanted to do this injustice to our daughter but we had no choice. The groom also said he will not demand any dowry and he will bear all the expenses of marriage.’
Qazi Haji Solangi, who performed the marriage said: ‘I was approached by Muhammad Mehar for reciting Nikah. I didn’t know the girl is only 10 years old as I didn’t ask for age of bride and groom.
‘I just asked the names of the bride, groom and their parents name and recited Nikah.’
The case was registered under the Sindh Child Marriages Restraint Act by Sindh police, who also produced all those arrested before a court on Wednesday.
The court requested that the 10-year-old girl needs to live with her grandfather until the investigation is over.
THESE ACTIONS ARE TOTALLY AGAINST ISLAM,FORCED MARRIAGE IS NOT FROM ISLAM !!