70-year-old Pakistani man arrested for marrying 13 year old girl
The Pakistan police has arrested a 70-year-old man for marrying a 13-year-old.
In a raid conducted in Zubair Panhwar village, the bride's father, Nikah registrar and witnesses were also arrested.
According to Dawn News, Tharushah SHO Aijaz Ali said after receiving information about the marriage of an under-age girl, he along with his team raided the place where the wedding ceremony was in progress.
He said the 70-year-old groom, Syed Mohammad Ali Shah, his 13-year-old bride, Sonia Shah, the Nikah registrar, Maulvi Miral Shah, the bride's father, Syed Mehdi Shah, and witnesses Mumtaz Shah and Khuda Bukhsh Shah were arrested.
Syed Mehdi Shah said he had to agree to marry the girl against a sum of Rs 100,000, adding that he needed the money to meet the expenses of the construction of a room in his small house.
However, the old man said he had paid Rs50,000 to Mehdi Shah to enable him to arrange for dowry, etc.
He said it was his third marriage and the two wives lived with him.
(Posted on 08-04-2014)