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Wednesday Dec 20 2017
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Police rescue 10-year-old child bride from Sanghar

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GEO NEWS

SANGHAR: Police rescued on Wednesday a 10-year-old child bride, who was getting married to a 50-year-old man in a village situated in Khipro area of Sanghar.

The police were conducting raids when they reached a house in which marriage ceremony of a 50-year-old man with a child bride was going on. As soon as the police raided the house, the groom managed to escape.

As a result, police arrested eight people including nikkahkhwan Haji Solangi and the girl’s parents. 

Police said that the groom’s family hailed from Rahim Yar Khan, adding that the girl's parents had sold her for Rs0.8 million to the much elder man. 

A mindset that considers women as a commodity prevails despite child protection laws in place in the country. 

On April 20, the police had arrested a 45-year-old man for marrying a nine-year-old child in Sukkur. The child's father and nikkah priest were also put behind bars.

According to SSP Amjad Sheikh, the Pano Aqil Cantonment police got information that a nine-year-old was married to 45-year-old Abdul Basit. Subsequently, police took action and arrested the nikkah priest, girl's father and the groom.

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