Karachi: Child wedding accused released on bail
KARACHI: A Karachi court released the children and their parents who were arrested by the police for being involved in wedding minor children. The court granted bail of the arrested parents and their children on Saturday. The arrested men – the father of the groom and a cleric who performed the ceremony – said the wedding was meant to end a feud between the two families. Child marriages are more common in remote tribal areas of Pakistan. In the latest case, family members of the children involved argued that they wanted them to get married in advance of their real wedding which will be held when the pair reaches the marriageable age of 18.
Child marriages are strictly against the law in Pakistan.
Acting on a complaint, the police raided the ceremony in a northern neighbourhood of the port city of Karachi on Thursday evening.
Mohammad Ismail, the father of the groom, told the media that he worked in Saudi Arabia and was not aware that Pakistani laws prohibited child marriages.
He said that he had agreed to the wedding following advice from family elders that it would put an end to an old feud his family had with the family of the bride.
The cleric who was called to supervise and record the exchange of wedding vows by the couple and to record the witnesses, told the media he did not know that he was being invited to a child marriage.