Suspect arrested after 5-year-old girl married to 13-year-old boy in Sheikhupura

More raids are being conducted to catch the other suspects involved in the child marriage: says Police

By News Report
May 28, 2024
A representational image of a child bride. — AFP/ File

SHEIKHUPURA: Police on Monday arrested at least one suspect in the case pertaining to child marriage after a five-year-old girl was married to a 13-year-old boy in Sheikhupura’s Kot Nazir area.


Police said the suspect was arrested in a raid, while more raids were being conducted to catch the other suspects involved in the child marriage. It should be noted that it is illegal in Punjab to marry before the age of 16. Yet, child marriages are prevalent in the province.

The police spokesperson said a case had been registered on behalf of assistant sub inspector of Sadar Muredke police station under the Child Marriage Act. The first information report (FIR) mentioned that the children were forcibly being married, adding that the suspects fled away as soon as they saw police coming.

According to the FIR, grandfather of the kid, identified as Yousaf, admitted that he along with his son Muzammil Abbas was forcibly marrying his grandchild.

It said father of the underage girl Imran, her grandfather Amjad, Bashir and Akram Suleman alias Chana were also present in the marriage, while a suspect named Arshad made all the arrangements. The nikah was solemnised by a suspect identified as Umar Hayat.

“The said suspects committed crime under ‘The Child Marriage Restraint (Amendment) Act 2015’ by forcibly marrying the underage children,” the FIR said.

In 2015, Punjab kept the legal age of marriage at 16 years but increased the imprisonment and fines for the law’s violation as the province amended the Child Marriage Restraint Ordinance 1971 and passed the Punjab Marriage Restraint Act 2015.