Women’s rights: Man sells daughter into marriage

Published: June 11, 2011
Neighbours say girl was only 10 years old and wedded forcibly.

Neighbours say girl was only 10 years old and wedded forcibly.


A man has sold his daughter to a 40-year-old in marriage for Rs30,000 in Mian Channu.

His neighbours claim that the girl is only 10-year-old and that the man had forcibly wedded her off. Zulfiqar, Bismillah Town resident, however, says that his daughter was 18 years old. He said she had to get married one day. He said he was poor and could not afford to keep her at his house so he decided to wed her off.

He said Muhammad Fayyaz, his son-in-law, was a noble man. He said he took the decision in the interest of her daughter. “Its better to stay with a 40-year-old than to starve of hunger,” he said. He said he could only earn enough to feed himself and his wife.

Neighbours said the man and his wife bribed a nikkah registrar, Muhammad Naseer, because he was initially not ready to contract the nikkah.

A police team raided the house of the man but left after he told them that his daughter was 18-year-old and got married without any pressure. Police said they could not do anything unless a complaint was lodged against the man.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 11th, 2011.

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  • sarmad saad
    Jun 11, 2011 - 10:14AM

    Why is our society filled with so many paedophiles??

    what is it with our men and their obsession with paedophilia.A 40 year old buddha ‘marrying’ a 10 year old child,how sick is that !!!!

    and why did the police go away when the father lied to them.they know very well that a lot of paedophiles do this in our country,they marry small girls so they can satisfy their perverted disease.

    In the rest of the world paedophiles are treated as the scum of society,shunned by the people and hunted down by the state,but unfortunately in our country,paedophiles have the support and protection of our maulvis who encourage and defend this sick and disgusting practice.the maulvis performing the nikah at such paedophile weddings should be hanged by the courts so that an example is set for the rest of our islamic fanatics.Recommend

  • muhammad nayyer
    Jun 11, 2011 - 11:33AM

    @sarmad saad:

    Paedophilia is actively and aggressively promoted by our maulvis and ulemas.
    parents are encouraged to marry off their daughters before they complete their education and the paedophile men in our society prefer small girls to marry as this makes them feel like big,strong manly men.

    we need a media campaign to discourage paedophilia in our country and we need to give the death penalty to those ulema and mullahs who encourage or give justification for paedophilia.Recommend

  • kamran irfan
    Jun 11, 2011 - 1:21PM

    why does this article have so few facebook and twitter shares??Recommend

  • AK
    Jun 11, 2011 - 8:40PM

    opens the article…..* falls asleep…….*

  • Rehan
    Jun 11, 2011 - 11:07PM

    @kamran: Because it’s very disturbing. :(Recommend

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