Karachi: Child marriage detainees released
KARACHI: Five people, including the bride and groom, were released on Saturday against personal surety of Rs 5,000 each. They were arrested during the minors’ Nikah on October 30 in the limits of Nazimabad-Liaquatabad Town. Waseem, aged 6, Nisha, aged 4, her father Nasir Hussain, her uncle Ismail and Waseem’s father Muzaffer Ali were released on the orders of Judicial Magistrate (Central) Zahida Parveen. Earlier in the morning, when Maqbool-ur-Rehman advocate appeared in the court, the magistrate told him that he may approach the concerned union council since no FIR had been registered against his clients in any police station.
Later the lawyer moved a habeas corpus petition in the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Zaheerudin Leghari, which was granted by the judge.
Ordering the release of the minors and their relatives, the magistrate asked the SHO why the minors had been kept in police custody. SHO Nazimabad told the court that they took action under section VI of the Child Act-1929.
The family members of the minors told the media that the Nikah was being held to settle a 30-year family dispute. They claimed that the ceremony was only a formality and the ‘Rukhsati’ would have taken place when the minors reached puberty.
In the habeas corpus petition, the lawyer submitted that both the minor detainees were seriously ill and none of the family members were being allowed to provide them with medical treatment. He complained that the police had kept them in wrongful confinement and expressed fear about their lives. He prayed the court to take action against police officials. The Nikah Khawan and Nazakt Hussain were also present in the courtroom. The minors were handed over to their parents after their release.