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‘Kari’ woman married to septuagenarian

By Waseem Shamsi

SUKKUR: A young woman was married to a 70-year-old man in the village of Sujawal Malik village in Ghotki district on Friday.

Her marriage, for which woman’s father received Rs150,000 from the bridegroom, is a punishment from a jirga for eloping with her paramour.

Three days ago Razia 25, daughter of Suhbat Malik, had eloped with a man named Qadan Malik. But an elder of the Malik community, Banho Malik, used his influence and forced the couple to return.

Sources said that Razia was handed over to her parents on Thursday morning and Banho Malik held a jirga in which Razia and Qadan were declared kari and karo. The jirga ordered the girl’s father to marry his daughter immediately.

Abiding by the order of the jirga, Suhbat Malik solemnized his daughter’s Nikkah with 70-year-old Buxal Malik, a resident of the village of Mian Kando, in exchange for Rs150,000. The woman was sent with the bridegroom on Friday morning.

Fate of Qadan Malik would be decided later, sources said. When contacted, head constable Manzoor of Adilpur police station expressed his ignorance about the incident and told this correspondent that the village of Sujawal Malik was in the limits of Khanpur Mahar police station.

An official of Khanpur Mahar police station, Abdul Latif, also showed his ignorance about the incident and said the village came in the jurisdiction of Adilpur police station.

No action was taken due to a dispute of jurisdiction between the two police stations.
Source: Dawn
Date:3/20/2010