CHITRAL: A local organisation has requested the Chitral police to conduct an inquiry into marriage of an underage girl of grade 9 with an MNA from Balochistan.

In an application, Anjuman Dawat-o-Azeemat has contended that the news of the underage girl’s marriage with an elderly person had gone viral on social media, angering people.

The police have been requested to conduct inquiry into whether the girl had attained the marriageable age, and if not, take action against all those responsible under the Prevention of Child Marriage Act.

The social media is brimming with comments on the marriage of 14-year-old girl with a man about four times of her age. Involvement of a local JUI-F leader in the marriage is also alleged.

When contacted, Chitral police station SHO Inspector Sajjad Ahmed confirmed receiving the application from the organisation and said a proper inquiry would be started as the girl’s father was not presently in Chitral.

He said the girl was a student of Government Girls High School, Jughoor, where her date of birth had been recorded as Oct 28, 2006, which showed that she had not attained the age of marriage.

He said a few days ago on the complaint of the organisation, the police had reached the girl’s home, but her father had denied the girl’s marriage and had even given an affidavit to this affect.

The bridegroom, Maulana Salahuddin Ayubi, had won NA-263 Qilla Abdullah seat in the 2018 general elections on the MMA ticket.

Published in Dawn, February 18th, 2021

Opinion

Activism in verse
07 May 2021

Activism in verse

Poetry speaks louder than prose when it comes to making an impact.
Missing women
07 May 2021

Missing women

In terms of gender parity, we are among the worst.
Mixed signals on rights
Updated 06 May 2021

Mixed signals on rights

Government officials continue to call human rights standards alien to Pakistan’s ground realities.

Editorial

Reprimanding envoys
Updated 07 May 2021

Reprimanding envoys

The prime minister should have engaged with honest and respectable officers to identify how solutions can be found.
07 May 2021

Foreign funding case

THE foreign funding case against the PTI has become a never-ending tale. It has been dragging on for years and after...
07 May 2021

Water woes

IRRIGATION experts have voiced concern over the decline of freshwater flow through Kotri barrage, which has led to...
Proceed with caution
Updated 06 May 2021

Proceed with caution

The slightest loosening of SOP protocols could send us hurling in the direction where India finds itself today.
06 May 2021

IPP dues

THE ECC decision to pay the first tranche of outstanding dues of one set of IPPs, and further delay the payments of...
06 May 2021

Violence against doctors

HEALTHCARE workers and doctors’ associations in two major hospitals of KP are adamant that the KP Healthcare...