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Underage girl’s marriage foiled, five arrested

BAHAWALPUR: The Uch Sharif police foiled an attempt of the marriage of an underage girl with a 55-year-old man at Mohallah Bukhari and arrested five people on Tuesday.

According to DPO’s PRO Aamir Nazir, nikah of 14-year-old Alishah was done with 55-year-old Abdul Qadir against her will about 20 days back.

According to Alishah, her father had to pay debt to Abdul Qadir and was unable to pay back the money. At this, Abdul Qadir demanded the hand of Alishah whose nikah was solemnised with a promise her rukhsati would take place three years later. But, according to the statement of Alishah, her so-called in-laws came with a marriage party last night and forced her father for rukhsati. Police got a tip-off, rushed to the site and arrested AbdulQadir, his father, a cousin, two witnesses and Nikah Khwan”.

Source: Dawn News