Girl moves court for divorce in Gilgit -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Girl moves court for divorce in Gilgit

GILGIT: An eleven-year-old girl, who was forced to marry a man, reached a local court and sought divorce, officials said here on Tuesday.

Fairoza requested the court to save her life as her husband, Noor Mohammad, a resident of Jaglote, and mother-in-law were torturing her on daily basis. Officials said that the girl told the court that she had been facing physical torture for a long time.

She reportedly said that her mother had taken Rs10,000 for the marriage from the accused who was now demanding Rs60,000 to get a divorce. She told the court that during torture her teeth were broken and nails were removed. The court handed over the girl to a local family under police escort till settlement of the case.

The police said a case had been registered against Noor Mohammad and his father but they had been disappeared. Police were conducting raids to arrest the accused.
Source: Dawn
Date:7/22/2009