13-Year-Old Christian Girl Allowed To Go With 44-Year-Old Abductor-Husband
Sindh High Court has given the custody of Arzoo Raja, a 13-year-old Christian girl to the 44-year-old man who allegedly abducted the child and forcibly married her after converting her to Islam.
The court ruled that the girl married the man out of her own free will which is why the man cannot be arrested by the police.
The parents of Arzoo Raja filed a First Investigation Report (FIR) against the 44 year old man who abducted their daughter and forcefully converted her to Islam. The father of girl told the police that her daughter was abducted in the morning of October 13 when he and his wife had gone to work. After the FIR, the man who abducted her came to court with a marriage certificate in which the age of the girl was mentioned as 18 years old.
In a subsequent hearing, the parents of Arzoo brought the birth certificate of Arzoo to the court which stated 2007 as her birth year. Even though the birth certificate proved that she was thirteen years old, the court ruled that the marriage was legal.
A video of Arzoo’s mother in which she lost consciousness after the decision, went viral on social media.
After the video of Arzoo’s mother surfaced on social media, people were enraged and demanded justice for the girl.
Arzoo Raja's mom was crying so much when she saw her kidnapped 13 year old daughter in court that she fainted. When Arzoo saw her mother, she tried to run towards her but her merciless kidnapper and his family held her back. The court ruled the "marriage" with her 44 year old
— ᶻ fajar || stream better ⁹¹ (@dusktillfajar) October 29, 2020
HRCP is dismayed by the Sindh High Court's decision to validate the conversion and marriage of #ArzooRaja. The evidence points overwhelmingly to her status as a minor, implying that this was a forced conversion and a forced marriage. 1/2
— Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (@HRCP87) October 29, 2020
Just a reminder that Arzoo Raja is still in the “legal” custody of her abusers while the rest of us are happily getting along with our lives. This has to stop. Something has to be done.
— Usman (@UsmanAhmad_iam) October 30, 2020
President @ArifAlvi can you please intervene & ensure return of abducted/forcibly converted Christian minor #ArzooRaja to her family? — From among those in power, is there anyone left w/ a sense of justice or even mercy? Why this deafening silence over her case? #JusticeforArzoo
— Rabia Mehmood – رابعہ (@Rabail26) October 30, 2020
#Sindh govt received applauses for becoming 1st province to pass Child Marriage Restraint Act. But in case of marriage and conversion of #ArzooRaja, a 13-year Christian girl, the law is nowhere. Police refused to register FIR under that act. Reason: Religious parties’ fear. pic.twitter.com/HfVrE2dQIQ
— Zia Ur Rehman (@zalmayzia) October 30, 2020
If God Forbid anything would have happen with a muslim girl in foreign country would you still stay quiet @ImranKhanPTI?
— 𝚓𝚎𝚜𝚜𝚒𝚌𝚊 (@_JessicaThinks) October 29, 2020
Siaasi Aurtain condemns the recent high court decision which has given legitimacy to this child marriage.
The Sindh Marriage Restraint Act states that marriage before the age of 18 is illegal. pic.twitter.com/p1PfumPliK
— Siaasi Aurtain – سیاسی عورتیں (@SiaasiAurtain) October 28, 2020
The laws, the constitution and the leaders do everything in their power to suppress the minorities in Pakistan.
Arzoo Raja’s case is one of the hundreds that never see the light of media and/or courts. https://t.co/iJrpkA0FTz
— soha (@SohaTazz) October 29, 2020
Close your eyes on us #imrankhanPTI As it involves religious parties.. Enjoy your EID… N tell the world that we are peaceful nation n no will listen… No justice in Pakistan #ArzooRaja #ForcedMarriage #childabusecase #rape #ForcedConversion #minoritiesinpakistan #imrankhanPTI pic.twitter.com/TkxROHUIhH
— Junaid Paul (@jaylvs36) October 30, 2020