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Three granted bail in child marriage case

By Ishaq Tanoli

KARACHI: Three suspects in the child marriage case were on Wednesday granted bail by a judicial magistrate (south) against a surety bond of Rs5,000 each.

Eight-year-old Zahida was married to 17-year-old Dilshad in Azam Basti in the jurisdiction of the Mehmoodaad police station on June 25. Later, acting on

information provided by some neighbours, the police arrested the girlÂ’s father, Abdul Rasool, the bridegroom, Dilshad, and the Qazi, Qari Naqib Ali Shah, under Section 151 of the criminal procedure code.

However, a court of law ordered the police to register the case against the suspects under relevant sections of the Sindh Children Act, 1955.

The police registered the case against four persons –girl’s father Abdul Rasool, bridegroom Dilshad, Qari Naqib Ali Shah and the groom’s father Mohammad Siddiq – under Section 48 (punishment for cruelty to children) and 63 of the Sindh Children Act, 1955 at the Mehmoodaad police station. They arrested two of the four suspects – Abdul Rasool and Dilshad — on Tuesday night and produced them before Judicial Magistrate Ghulam Farooq Sheikh on Wednesday.

However, the magistrate granted them bail against the surety amount of Rs5,000 each. The third suspect, Qari Naqib, also appeared in court and sought pre-arrest bail. The magistrate granted him pre-arrest interim bail against the surety bond of Rs5,000. According to the prosecution, Mohammad Siddiq, the father of the bridegroom, is still at large.
Source: Dawn
Date:7/2/2009