Minor issues: Man caught marrying underage girl

Girl ran away from home and took a bus to Rahim Yar Khan to marry Awan in court.


Express October 16, 2011

BADLI SHARIF: A couple who contracted a love marriage in court was arrested by police officials on Saturday.

According to police officials, the girl’s parents approached them and told them the girl was a minor. “They even showed her birth certificate,” inspector Rana Naseer said. Badli Sharif’s Busti Sawan Awan resident Riaz Ahmed and Sargodha resident Sidra Ayub developed a relationship over the phone and decided to elope.

The girl ran away from home and took a bus to Rahim Yar Khan to marry Awan in court but her family chased her down and had Awan arrested. Sadiqabad Saddar police arrested the couple and Riaz’s brothers Awais Ahmed and Ishfaq Ahmed and handed them to Sargodha police.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 16th, 2011.

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