5-year-old girl forcefully married to settle murder dispute on Jirga’s order in Balochistan
The father of a five-year-old girl claimed that his daughter was forcefully married on orders of a jirga to settle a murder dispute in Khuzdar city of Balochistan.
Chief Justice Federal Shariat Court (FSC) Dr Syed Muhammad Anwer took a suo motu notice after media reported the incident and the father of the girl lodged an FIR in a police station in Khuzdar.
The Federal Sharia Court on Wednesday, while hearing the forced marriage case sought a detailed report from the Balochistan government.
A full bench of the FSC comprising Chief Justice Dr Syed Muhammad Anwer and Justice Khadim Hussain M. Sheikh directed the law officer, appearing on the behalf of Balochistan government, to submit a report regarding legislations to stop forced marriages and the steps taken by the provincial government in this regard.
The Chief Justice remarked that such incident is against the Shariat, on which the Additional Advocate General informed that two suspects involved in the case have been arrested.
A five-year-old girl has also been recovered and raids are being conducted to arrest Nikkah Khuwan.
The case was registered under Section 1-6 of the Child Marriage Restraint Act, (1929) which suggested punishment of up to six months to individuals who contracted marriage of a child and under Section 34 that dealt with acts done by several persons for common intention.
Notably, the Chief Justice FSC had declared child marriage as un-Islamic and a violation of the constitution. The incident of forced marriage of a five-year-old girl was reported in Khuzdar area of Balochistan.