LAHORE: Punjab Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) has successfully rescued a 19-year old Pakistani girl living in Italy from wrongful confinement by her parents and other members of her family in Lahore.
Reportedly, the girl was brought to Pakistan from Italy in Feb 2018 for 10 days, under false pretenses of her brother’s engagement. However, later it transpired that her parents wished to marry her off against her will, thus brought her to Pakistan.
While in Italy, her father had put a stop to her studies. The Italian Embassy informed PCSW chairperson about the matter with the request to ensure safety of the girl, while the Ministry of Interior continuously followed up and provided assurance of full support.
The Embassy said it will support the girl in case she wishes to return to Italy, where she has resided for the past ten years. PCSW team and SHO Garhi Shahu located the girl’s address and recovered her, after which she was transported to a secure location. She is adamant to go back to Italy and continue her studies, so that she may pursue a career path of her own choice. Presently, the girl is safe and relieved that PCSW, the Punjab Police and the Italian Embassy reacted swiftly to rescue her.
It may be added that an Italian -Pakistani woman, Sana Cheema was strangulated to death in Gujrat last month allegedly on account of her refusal to marry a person selected by her family. Police is investigating the murder case and has received the forensic report of exhumed body of the 26-years-old girl.