Prayer Leader Arrested for Marrying Off Girls Ages 6-11

RAHIM YAR KHAN: Police have arrested a prayer leader and two other people for their alleged involvement in the forced marriage of two minor sisters to two brothers in Kot Subzal.

Zameeran Mai of Basti Thair (176-P) informed the Kot Sabzal police through an application that her brother Manzoor Ahmed married a village girl, Fatima.

She said Fatima’s father and brothers, who were opposed to the marriage, took the matter to the local panchayet. She said the village council (panchayet) made arrangement for the ‘nikkah’ and got her daughters Amna (8) and Farzana (6) married to Fatima’s brothers Gull Hassan (11) and Mir Hassan (9), respectively.

SP Investigation Tariq Elahi Mastooi told reporters that the girls had been recovered and produced before a court. He said police had arrested prayer leader Maulvi Suleman, Allah Wassaya and Sohrab for influencing the marriage.

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