Source: Agenzia Fides – MIL OSI
Headline: ASIA/PAKISTAN – The High Court of Sindh confirms the criminal offense of “child marriage” in the case of the underage Catholic Arzoo
Karachi – “According to the report of the medical commission set up on 5 November, the Catholic girl Arzoo Raja is between 14 and 15 years old; the judges checked her details on her birth certificate, issued by the National Database and Registration Authority of Pakistan and her school certificate, confirming that the girl is a minor. The High Court of Sindh has ordered the girl to stay in a state home for two weeks, until the next hearing on Monday 23 November”, said Arzoo Raja’s parents’ lawyer, Muhammad Jibran Nasir, following today’s hearing on November 9 in Karachi on the case of a Catholic girl who was kidnapped, converted and forcibly married to a Muslim man . The Court officially recognizes that this is a case of “early marriage”, prohibited by law.