Friday, March 04, 2016

Police halts marriage of a 10year girl

Pakistan police say they have halted the
marriage of a 10-year-old girl, who was due to
wed a 14-year-old boy to end a dispute between
their families.
Local village elders had ordered the marriage
after the girl's brother was accused of killing his
wife.
Correspondents say "vani" marriages, where a
woman is ordered to marry to settle the crime of
a relative, are illegal but remain common in
Pakistan.
Police say they have arrested four village elders
over the case.
The vani marriage had been due to take place in
Punjab's Rahimyar Khan district on Friday, but

was stopped after police raided the
village.
Officers were still searching for nearly 20 other
suspects, police official Chaudhry Yasin told the
BBC.
'Honour killing'
The girl's brother was accused of killing his wife
after he suspected her of an affair. He was
arrested and is currently in jail.
Following his arrest, a council of local village
elders, known as a panchayat, was called to
settle the conflict between the two families.
Both families belonged to the minority Hindu
community living in Rahimyar Khan, Chaudhry
Yasin said.
The panchayat ruled that the 10-year-old girl
should marry the 14-year-old boy, who was a
relative of the victim, in order to settle the
dispute.
Under Pakistani law, relatives of a murder victim
have the right to pardon the perpetrator in return
for blood money or a compromise, the BBC's M
Ilyas Khan in Islamabad reports.
Both honour killings and vani marriages remain
common in Pakistan, with perpetrators from
poorer and less influential sections of society
most likely to be prosecuted, our correspondent
adds.
In January, a bill that proposed raising the legal
age of marriage for women from 16 to 18 was
withdrawn after a religious body, the Council of
Islamic Ideology, described the bill as "un-
Islamic".


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