Couple sent behind bars
LAYYAH: A local sessions court has cancelled the interim bail it earlier granted to a man, who allegedly kidnapped his 14-year-old adopted daughter and claimed to have married her to defend the abduction case lodged against him by her father in September last.
The Kot Sultan police arrested the couple and produced them before area magistrate Ms Adeela Altaf, who sent them behind the bars on a judicial remand.
Talib Husain, of Basti Rig of Mauza Sarishta Nashaib, Jaman Shah, kidnapped his adopted daughter, Tehmina, in August 2008.
After more than a month of their disappearance, Tehmina’s father and Talib’s brother-in-law lodged FIR No 473/08 under Section 365-B of the Pakistan Penal Code against Talib on Sept 2, 2008.
Despite hectic efforts, the police failed to trace the girl as well as her alleged abductor and later declared Talib a proclaimed offender while submitting an interim challan in a local court.
Talib had married Amiran Mai, of Jaisal Thal, 20 years ago. They had a son, Sheraz, and a girl, who died 20 days after her birth.
To mitigate her sorrow and grief, Amiran’s brother Ghulam Shabbir gifted his newborn baby girl, Tehmina, to Amiran and Talib. Amiran also suckled Tehmina for two years.
Talib brought Tehmina up as her daughter. But, in August 2008, he kidnapped her and took her to an undisclosed location. He surfaced a few days ago with a claim that he had married Tehmina.
Later, Talib approached the sessions court on June 25 for his pre-arrest bail in the kidnapping case. He attached along with his bail application Nikahnama to establish that he had married Tehmina. The sessions court granted pre-arrest bail to Talib till July 1. On Wednesday, the sessions judge declined to confirm the interim bail and ordered that Talib as well as Tehmina be arrested.
Talking to Dawn on court premises, Talib maintained that his marriage with Tehmina was lawful and he had done nothing wrong. He claimed that Tehmina was seven-month pregnant. He also said he had divorced Amiran Mai on July 7, 2008. Later, he said, he had adopted Tehmina’s six-year-old younger sister Iqra.