Five arrested in Pakistan over marriage of 6-yeard-old girl
By Ghanizada - Wed Oct 23 2013, 3:42 pm
The men including the bridegroom, his father, the cleric who conducted the ceremony and two witnesses were reportedly arrested in northwestern Swat district on Tuesday.
A police officer in Swat district, Daud Khan quoted by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) said that two families in the remote village of Bazkhela were involved in marrying the girl to a 16-year-old boy.
Khan further added the men including the bridgegroom were arrested following a riad by police forces in the village.
He said the father of the girl managed to flee the area and police forces have launched an operation to arrest him. According to the police officer, the 6-year-old girl has been handed over to the elders in Bazkhela village.
At least 29 cases of forced marriages, one case of early marriage and murder, one case of abduction and forced marriage have been recorded during the past six months in Pakistan.
Pakistani law requires a bride to be at least 16 years old, but child marriages are still common in the rural areas.
Besides the forced and early marriages, there were 599 registered cases of torture against children, while 217 cases of child abuse were reported from children’s own homes, according to a report.