A 10year old girl was dramatically rescued moments before being forced into a marriage with a 50-year-old man in Pakistan. Police raided Muhammad Mehar’s house in Khipro village where the child was getting married Jeetmal Mehar, almost same age as her dad.
The groom, from Rahim Yar Khan, had allegedly offered £5,400 to the parents for the girl.
Police arrested eleven people including the child’s mum, who would have had to have been present when the marriage contract was signed.
But the groom managed to flee the scene and is currently on the run.
Investigating officer Gulzar Mari said: “On December 19, around 11am we received information that a minor girl was being married to a 50-year-old man.
“We took immediate action and raided the house of Muhammad Mehar. He was the broker in this marriage and had taken £340 from the groom and £170 from bride’s family.”
Masmat Nabiat said that she had agreed to marry her daughter off to the man who is 40-years older than the child because the family had to pay a loan of around £3400.
She said: “My husband was ill and for his treatment we had taken loan from some influential people.
Police have registered a case under Sindh Child Marriages Restraint Act and brought all the arrested people before a court on Wednesday.
The court has ordered the bride to be sent with her maternal grandfather.
All the others arrested were locked up until investigation is completed.
The court has also given a two-days time to police to arrest the groom.
Child marriage is a punishable offence in Pakistan with a minimum punishment of two-years inside.