SHC directs to form medical board to determine Arzoo’s age
KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday ordered for formation of a medical board to determine age of the girl, Arzoo, who converted to Islam from Christianity and married a man out of free-will in Karachi.
The high court justice KK Agha said that she may choose to live with anyone under the law and constitution, if she had reached the age of 18 years. He said the girl herself had admitted that she was not abducted.
The justice said this while hearing the case. Arzoo Fatima and Ali Azhar were presented before the court, where the girl repeated that she had contracted marriage with the man out of her freewill. She said she was 18 years old and she should not be separated from her husband.
The court told her that according to the documents her age was not 18. It said that the medical board will decide about the age issue. The secretary health was, on this occasion, directed to form the board.
Barrister Salahuddin submitted credentials from Federal Minister for Shireen Mazari and said that the girl was not abducted.
Counsel of parents of the girl, Jibran Nasir asked the court not to record statement of Arzoo as she was underage. The court replied that it was her right to live with her husband if she was 18 years old.
The SHC judge gave order that Arzoo should be taken under lady police’s custody for medical check up. The case has been adjourned till Nov 9.