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Pakistan: 44-year-old man kidnapped 13-year-old Christian girl and married, court sent the girl to shelter home

The Sindh High Court has ordered the 13-year-old Christian to be sent to a shelter home in connection with the forced conversion of forced marriage in Pakistan. This information was given by the Minister of Human Rights of Pakistan, Shireen Mazari. In Karachi, a 13-year-old Christian girl was allegedly kidnapped by 44-year-old Ali Azhar.

Human rights organizations were agitated when the matter came to light and demanded justice for the girl, Shirin Mazari wrote on Twitter, “The judge has ordered that the teenager be shifted from police and related agencies to the shelter.”

The next hearing of the case will be on Thursday 5 November. Meanwhile, the investigating officer of the case Inspector Ahmed Siddiqui said that the teenager was produced before the court. According to Dawn’s report, in the FIR, the teenager’s father alleged that he and his wife had gone to work on October 13 and the son had gone to school. At that time, she had three daughters, including a teenager, at her home in the railway colony.

One of his relatives got a call and told that the teenager was missing from home. According to the father, he immediately reached home and asked the neighbors about the daughter but could not find any. Later, he lodged a complaint against unknown people at the police station for kidnapping the daughter.

The family members of the teenager said that accused Azhar lives with his family near his house and he is 44 years of age. According to the girl’s mother, accused Azhar prepared fake documents showing the daughter’s age as 18 years and forcibly married her.

Police have registered a case against Syed Ali Azhar, his brother Syed Shariq Ali, Syed Mohsin Ali, and a friend Danish for kidnapping and forcibly converting in the case. According to Navid Walter, President of Human Rights Focus Pakistan (HRFP), adolescent girls, especially Christians and Hindus of minority communities in Pakistan are persecuted and have been continuously raising their voice against it.

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