Larkana: Cleric remanded in police custody
LARKANA: The judicial magistrate-I of Warah on Saturday handed over Tasleem, 3, and Ferzana, 4, who were reportedly wedded to boys their age, to their father Niaz Mirjat, released the boys on bail and remanded the cleric who had solemnised the nikah in police custody for five days.
The minor girls were reportedly given in marriage as compensation to settle a dispute over alleged adultery charges after a jirga held by one Attur Mirjat decided so.
“We are unaware of solemnising of nikah,” the boys told journalists as the girls’ uncle accused their influential rivals of issuing them threats and pressing for solemnising the marriage of the children.
Deedar Mirjat, the father of boys Abdul Rasool Mirjat and Muhammed Saleh Mirjat, said that girls’ party had brought to him Holy Quran to convince him into accepting the girls after nikah.
Police found out about the under-age marriage of the girls on Thursday in Hamal. The SHO of Warah filed an FIR on behalf of state against six people including the boy’s father Deedar and cleric Yar Muhammed Mirjat.
Four other accused nominated in the FIR Attur Mirjat, Ghulam Mustafa Mirjat, Hassan Mirjat and Bhooro Mirjat were still at large.
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