Woman sold into marriage draws police attention -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Woman sold into marriage draws police attention

SUKKUR: A woman who had been sold into marriage by the parents, landed into police custody after she raised a hue and cry in a bazaar of Daharki on Saturday.

Her husband was also arrested.

According to police sources, Roshna, daughter of Abdul Karim Mashori, was married to Zareef Jhalan four months ago for money.

Ms Roshna belonged to Hayat Pitafi near Mirpur Mathelo while her husband is the resident of Mahi Chowk in the area of Khambhra on the Sindh-Punjab border.

She and Zareef had come to Daharki on a motorcycle for a medical check-up. When they reached near the police station, she started screaming for help. People caught her husband and handed over the couple to police. She told police that Zareef was not her husband; he had kidnapped her and that she wanted to go to her parents.

The couple will be produced in court on Monday. According to informed sources, three years ago, Roshna had eloped with her cousin Ali Asghar Mashori and they married. Their free-will marriage had sparked anger among her relatives and the couple moved to Kandhkot for fear of being killed.

But the relatives managed to bring the couple back to Hayat Pitafi where Ali Asghar Mashori divorced Roshna under pressure of the elders.

Roshna again fled, appeared before the court and gave statement against her parents. The court sent her to the Darul Amman of Sukkur where she lived for about two years.

Later her parents brought her back and married her to Zareef Jhalan in exchange for Rs200,000.

But she was not happy with him and wanted to remarry Ali Asghar Mashori, the sources said.
Source: Dawn