Court orders safety for young woman

Khadijah Shah

SUKKUR, PAKISTAN, Oct 9: The court of first civil judge, Pano Akil, on Thursday ordered the police to provide security to a young woman who was sold into marriage for Rs 50,000 ($US 625), and allowed her to go with her maternal uncle.

On the second day of Eid-ul-Fitr, 18-year-old Najma Dasti, a resident of Ali Mahar village of the Khanpur Mahar area, Ghotki district, was forcibly sold into marriage to Taj Mohammad Dasti for Rs 50,000 ($US 625)by her father, Siddiq Dasti.

Her marriage was solemnized despite her protest.

Najma’s mother Zainab Khatoon lodged a complaint at the Khanpur Mahar police station. Subsequently, the police conducted a raid on the house of Taj Mohammad and recovered Najma but her husband managed to escape.

On Thursday morning, Najma was produced in the court of first civil judge, Pano Akil, Altaf Dayo. She testified that she was sold and forcibly married to Taj Mohammad Dasti by her father against her will and added that her husband tortured her. She stated that she was afraid that he might kill her on the pretext of Karo-Kari and demanded protection.

The court ordered the area police to provide her with adequate protection and allowed her to go with her maternal uncle, Asghar Dasti, a resident of Jalal Indhar village near Pano Akil.

Source:
Ferhan Mazher
Chairman (Rays of Development Organization, Sargodha, Pakistan)

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