Lahore: LHC gives decision in favour of girl who eloped
LAHORE: Justice Anwarul Haq of the Lahore High Court (LHC), on Wednesday, allowed a girl who had eloped in order to get married to the man of her choice to go with her husband.
Her parents, younger sister and brother had earlier thrashed the girl when she refused to go with them. The girl, named Maffia, belonged to Sialkot. Her angry mother and siblings thrashed her in the court when she appeared there with her husband, Sajid Ali, who had initially filed a petition for quashment of case lodged on the complaint of his in-laws.
Maffia had eloped with Sajid and on April 6, 2010 and had solemnised marriage without consent of her family. On Wednesday, it was the first day that both the families came face to face in the LHC premises. The girl’s parents, seven younger sisters and minor brothers were present outside the court perhaps to convince Maffia to go home with them but she refused to go with them.
Maffia’s mother, while in tears, tried talking to her daughter who refused to listen to her and kept standing with her husband’s family. On her refusal, her mother and sisters forcibly tried to drag her to their side, after which about 25 women and men, including the lawyers, had a scuffle wherein they kicked, punched and used abusive language for each other.
The LHC security officials separated both the parties and took the girl away from them and directly produced her in the court. Maffia got her statement recorded in the court, in which she stated that she had married Sajid by her free consent and being an adult person she had the right to tie the knot with any man she wanted.
She said that a kidnapping case had been lodged against her husband and his family members, which was baseless and false. After the girl’s statement, the judge allowed Maffia to go with her husband.