Man forcibly marries 10-year-old in Chitral, photo goes viral on social media
The culprit was arrested and the child bride was sent home.
CHITRAL: A 29-year-old man married a 10-year-old girl last week in the Yarkhoon valley located in Chitral. The girl’s mother was allegedly involved in this forced marriage.
Reportedly, the father of the girl had tried to file an FIR but failed upon the refusal of the local police. The incident gained traction on social media after about 5 days, following which the local police and the Child Marriage Bureau got involved.
The culprit was arrested and the child bride was sent home. The verdict decided that the child is to stay at her home till she does her matriculation.
Many religious clerics came to the defense of the culprit, labeling it a “consensual” marriage. They also claimed that the child looked happy in the pictures and so the marriage was a happy one. They insisted that the two be allowed to live together.
Child marriages are still prevalent in the country, especially in underdeveloped areas with little educational facilities.
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