61-year-old landlord arrested for marrying minor girl in Jacobabad

Published: June 5, 2016
A file photo of a bride. PHOTO: AFP

A file photo of a bride. PHOTO: AFP

SUKKUR: In yet another case of child marriage, an 11-year-old girl was married to a 61-year-old local landlord in Naseer Khan Samejo village, Thul taluka, Jacobabad, within the jurisdiction of the B-Section police on Saturday.

Shortly after the nikah, the police managed to arrest the groom and took the minor girl into protective custody. According to a Thul-based journalist, Gul Hassan Pahore had consented to marry his 11-year-old daughter, Gul Zadi, to 61-year-old Karamullah Pahore after taking Rs300,000. On Saturday, when all the arrangements had been finalised and the maulvi had been called to solemnise the nikah, someone from the village informed the police.

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B-Section SHO Ghulam Bashir Khokhar told The Express Tribune that when he received information about the minor girl being married to an elderly man, he decided to wait for the bride and the groom at the exit of the village instead of rushing to their house. He explained that he decided to do so as when the police raid the houses in such cases, family members often level allegations against the law enforcers of torture and stealing valuables.

“Therefore, I, along with my team, kept waiting at the exit of the village and as soon as the car carrying the bride and the groom appeared, we took both of them into custody and allowed the other three women [accompanying them] to go,” he said.

The man and the girl were produced in the court of a civil judge of Thul who, after hearing the case, remanded the accused into judicial custody for seven days while the girl, as per her desire, was allowed to go with her mother. He said that the girl’s father and the maulvi are still at large and will be arrested soon.

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Meanwhile, the journalist claimed that the B-Section also arrested Gul Hassan along with Karamullah while the maulvi, Muhammad Amin Pahore, managed to escape. The police registered an FIR against Karamullah, Gul Hassan and Muhammad Amin under the Child Marriage Act. The journalist told The Express Tribune that Karamullah is a local landlord while the girl’s father is a poor man. Taking advantage of his poverty, Karamullah offered him Rs300,000 to marry his minor daughter to him. Accepting his offer, Gul Hassan consented to marry his daughter to him.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 5th, 2016.

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Reader Comments (15)

  • Insider
    Jun 5, 2016 - 11:25AM

    Height of ignorance and illiteracy. But it can prove to be a great trap for all the waderas and landlords. Media should stage such arrangements to capture the culprits from rural areas and put them behind bars. trust me, there is no other case or way these landlords and waderas can go to jail except for illegal marriages. Recommend

  • Please beat lightly
    Jun 5, 2016 - 12:13PM

    Stay good and true, SHO Bashir. Salute to you and your team.Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Jun 5, 2016 - 12:18PM

    Another “Animal” !Recommend

  • Muhammadislam
    Jun 5, 2016 - 12:50PM

    Naya pakistan?Recommend

  • goggi (Lahore)
    Jun 5, 2016 - 2:42PM

    The blessed sunnat-e-rasool declared as a curse in an Islamic country.Recommend

  • enayat ullah
    Jun 5, 2016 - 3:18PM

    If the poverty exists…these thing will haopen…you can not stop them.Recommend

  • syed & syed
    Jun 6, 2016 - 12:31AM

    Abul Hawas Karam Ullah land lord. Instead doing Allah Allah he indulged in a inhuman act. He should get a good thrashing so that this old man comes into senses. Money be deposited in account of the girl and when marry after reaching the age be given to herRecommend

  • Usama
    Jun 6, 2016 - 1:10AM

    @goggi (Lahore):
    @goggi (Lahore):
    Can I have your Personal Details so I can report you and your ignorant mind to the police?
    If or when you have a daughter sell her for Rs 200,000 will you?Recommend

  • Babbarsher Khan
    Jun 6, 2016 - 3:34AM

    What do Mullah Sheerani and his bunch of crook at CII have to say on this; perfectly halal?Recommend

  • sajjad
    Jun 6, 2016 - 2:34PM

    Karamullah Pahore (the groom) is arrested as the child marriage is cognizable by police and non-bailable offence in Sindh only, child marriage is not cognizable offence in rest of the country.
    Even in this case, if the parties did not get into compromise and police and prosecution pursued the case well, the groom will be sent behind the bars minimum for 2 and maximum for 3 years. After 2/3 years he will be back to live with his 13/14 years old wife. Nikah will remain intact actually.
    I am still not able to understand, why police was waiting out side the village ? they were waiting for the commission of an offence ? How this kind of police can protect the citizens, they are afraid of allegations………!!!! Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Jun 6, 2016 - 4:22PM

    Why not get engaged as a minor and then marry when she reaches 18 ? Recommend

  • brar
    Jun 6, 2016 - 5:41PM

    @Bunny Rabbit: This girl must have more sisters and his father will sell all of them like her in stead condemning you are advising to wait for seven years, I think she must be younger then his own daughter and even his sons did not protested what a sorry state of affairs. Will he be able to meet her physical needs, if he dies at 80 she will be only 30.Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Jun 6, 2016 - 7:31PM

    Why do you presume he is going to be a villain ? For all U know he will fund her edu / give her a comfy lifestyle . Once both are above the legal limit , age / status / regional diff should not be a matter of concern. Recommend

  • FoodForThought
    Jun 7, 2016 - 4:18AM

    Wait a second. So they arrested the father. They are trying to arrest the “molvi”. Tell me one thing. Why was she allowed to go back with her mother? And why is the “mother” not arrested? She is far more to blame than the molvi. And yet only arrest warrants for the molvi and the kid is given back to the same mother who knowingly took part in selling her daughter?Recommend

  • sooo
    Jun 16, 2016 - 2:57PM

    So you equate the Mehr to selling??Recommend

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