13-year-old Christian girl abducted, converted to Islam, married to 44-yr-old Muslim captor in Pakistan

13-year-old Christian girl abducted, converted to Islam, married to 44-yr-old Muslim captor in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: In a stunning incident, the Sindh High Court granted custody of a 13-year-old Christian woman to her 44-year-old abductor in Pakistan’s Karachi. 

The woman, recognized as Arzoo Raja, was kidnapped from her dwelling in Karachi’s Railway Colony on October 13 and forcibly transformed to Islam. An FIR was registered at Singh courtroom by her household thereafter. 

However, the Sindh police summoned the sufferer’s household after two days and knowledgeable them that the kidnapper (Azhar Ali) has produced a wedding certificates with the woman that displayed that she is aged 18 years. As per the report, the woman was forcibly transformed to Islam and married to the person, who’s already wedded with kids.

Naveed Walter, president of Human Rights Focus Pakistan (HRFP) stated minority ladies, significantly Christian and Hindu, are forcefully transformed to Islam and married to Muslim males. 

“Girls belonging to the Minority community get abducted, converted to Islam and married to Muslim men. In most cases, local police stations, where the victim’s family submits complaints about her missing, inform about her conversion to Islam and getting married to the same abductor. The same day’s abduction, conversion and marrying is a common practice in such cases and has also happened with Arzoo in the same sequence,” stated Naveed.

The HRFP fact-finding crew introduced out the truth that in proceedings of Sindh High Court dated October 27, 2020 all her information had been altered together with age, stating her as 18-year outdated and assertion of her free will marrying and embracing Islam.

It can also be discovered that Arzoo’s image was additionally changed on authorized paperwork, as raised by her mom Rita. “In court premises, Arzoo was denied to meet her mother as she was stopped by Ali Azhar,” stated Naveed Walter.

“The age of the girl is 13 and it is proved by her school record /certificate, NADRA’s B-form mentioning her DOB 31st July 2007 and Church register with same age but she is falsely presented as an adult in court including at conversion certificate of Madressah Jamia Islamia and marriage certificate with her new name Arzoo Fatima,” Naveed stated. 

Representatives of the South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), together with Pakistan, asserted the Kathmandu Call to Action to End Child Marriage in Asia in 2014.

“As part of its commitment and signatory to international rights treaties Pakistan has to ensure access to legal remedies for child brides and establish a uniform minimum legal age of marriage of 18, but there are no listenings nor implementations, unfortunately,” stated Naveed Walter.

London-based Anila Gulzar, spokeswoman for Justice for Minorities in Pakistan slammed a choose who dominated that Arzoo Raja was sufficiently old to make her personal resolution.

She stated, “This is very unfortunate that minorities in Pakistan have no place. They are not even secure. As per the law, those who are involved in forced and underage marriages have to face three years of punishment. But, when this case was presented in the court, the judge ruled that Arzoo Raja was old enough to make her own decision.”

“Why no voice is being raised against the minorities in Pakistan? Human rights activists and politicians are silent over the atrocities being committed against the minorities. Even in courts, there is no justice for the victims,” stated Anila Gulzar.

(With ANI inputs)

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