SUKKUR: A couple who eloped was given 48 hours to prove to the Ghotki district and sessions court that a high court judge had consented to their marriage.
Sumair Pirzada from Naushehro Feroze and Sawera Shah from Hyderabad had eloped to marry. They were, however, taken into custody by Ghotki ASI Ali Murad Sahito, after refusing to cooperate with the authorities, near Mathelo Momal jo Mari, on Sunday.
The couple was produced in the district and sessions court of Ghotki on Monday to record their statements. When questioned about the legality of their marriage, Sawera said that the Sindh High Court’s circuit bench in Larkana had given them consent to marry and live together. The police contested this claim and requested the judge to register a case against the couple under the Hudood Ordinance.
The court ordered the police to contact the circuit bench in Larkana and produce a copy of the judgment. The case was adjourned till Wednesday morning. Sahito, told The Express Tribune, that Sawera Shah told the court that after the death of her father a year ago, her maternal uncle started forcing her mother to remarry. “When her mother refused to remarry, her uncle took her away but Sawera and her younger sister, Madiha Shah, managed to escape to Larkana, where the court lodged them at a Darul Aman,” he said.
They were harassed by their uncle at the Darul Aman and Madiha was persuaded to go with him. Sawera requested the court to let her go because she wanted to live independently, said Sahito. Once she left the Darul Aman she met Sumair Pirzada and they decided to get married.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 14th, 2012.