HYDERABAD: Policewomen in Mirpurkhas raided an apparent underage girl's wedding ceremony to prevent her marriage from solemnising, taking the bride in their custody on Sunday.
The raid took place in Gulshan-i-Sulaiman Colony on the complaint of groom Ali Nawaz Khokhar's first wife, Eshrat alias Kanwal.
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Kanwal approached the police with a complaint about the alleged marriage of an underage girl with her husband, according to SHO women's police station Moomal Laghari. The police detained the bride, *R, and took her to Civil Hospital, Mirpurkhas, from where they were referred to Hyderabad, for a medical check-up to determine her age.
"If the girl turns out to be a minor [in the medical report], the police will take action against the parents and the groom," SHO Laghari told the local media.
The police will get the medical report in four days. *R was released but the police have restricted her parents from marrying her to Khokhar until they get the report. Khokar and the girl's parents escaped from the incident during the raid, the police said.
Meanwhile, Kanwal told the local press that she married Khokar four years ago and the couple has a six-month old son.
Another underage marriage prevented
In a similar, but separate incident in Mirpurkhas within the limits of Kot Ghulam Muhammad police station, the police thwarted the marriage of an eight-years-old girl with a 20-year-old boy. The police raided village Gul Mohammed Halepoto on a complaint from an unknown person from the village, SHO Inayat Ali Zardari said. Sain Baksh Solangi, the girl's father, to-be-groom Hasil Halepoto and his father Dosu Halepoto were detained. An FIR for the case has yet to be registered.
*Name withheld to protect identity.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 2nd, 2016.
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