According to Pakistan’s Minister for Human Rights, the Sindh High Court has ordered Arzoo Raja, a 13-year-old Christian girl, be recovered by police and moved into a shelter home. This comes almost a month after Arzoo’s parents claim their daughter was abducted, forcefully converted, and forcefully married by their 44-year-old Muslim neighbour.
This news comes as a positive development for Arzoo’s parents and the legal team fighting to have her returned to her family. According to the family’s lawyer, Arzoo will be brought before the court on 5 November and will have her age determined through medical testing prior to the hearing. Ali Azhar, her alleged abductor has been arrested.
On 13 October, Arzoo was abducted from her family home in Karachi by her Muslim neighbour, Azhar. Arzoo’s parents reported the incident to local police and were informed two days later that their daughter had converted to Islam and married Azhar.
Arzoo’s parents have challenged the validity of the marriage to Azhar claiming that it violates the Sindh Child Marriage Restraint Act. However, on 27 October, the High Court of Sindh ruled in favour of the marriage, applying an interpretation of Sharia law that allows for underage marriages.
Sources: International Christian Concern, Pakistan Christian Post
- Thank the Lord for this answered prayer and pray for a favourable outcome for Arzoo and her family. Ask the Lord to shield and strengthen Arzoo as the ordeal continues.
- Pray He will provide his ministering Spirit to bring healing to Arzoo, to help her to overcome the trauma she has suffered.
- Ask the Lord to bring conviction to her abductor, his family and those involved in the unjust High Court case.
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