FSC seeks report on marriage of 5-year old girl in Balochistan

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Shariat Court (FSC) on Tuesday sought a complete report on the marriage of a 5-year old girl in Baluchistan.

The court directed the respondents, particularly Law Officer, appearing on behalf of province of Baluchistan, to submit a complete report over the occurrence of the incident.

The court further directed to submit report over the legislative development regarding forced marriage and steps taken by the Government of Baluchistan and other provinces.

The court passed these orders while hearing a suo-motu notice taken by the FSC Chief Justice Dr Syed Muhammad Anwer over the forced marriage of a 5 years old girl in Baluchistan. Meanwhile, the matter was adjourned to a date in office on the request of respondents.

According to the facts of the matter, one Muhammad father of the girl lodged an FIR with the Police Station Khuzdar regarding forced marriage of his 5 years old daughter due to local and tribal culture prevailing in the area in consideration of another marriage of his son with daughter of accused.

On media reports and registration of FIR, the FSC Chief Justice took suo-motu notice of the matter saying that this act seems to be an un-Islamic one as well as against the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973.

The cruel, un-Islamic and heartless ritual is found in many parts of Pakistan where girls, are given in marriage or servitude to an aggrieved family as compensation to end disputes, often murder.

Under this custom the personal liberty of a woman is restricted for the rest of her life against all norms of justice therefore contravening to the Islamic Injunctions and also to Article 9 of the Constitution.




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