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Police arrest six for arranging wedding between 6&7year old boy & girl

Pakistan police arrest six for
arranging wedding between 6 &
7year old boy & girl
Police have arrested six people accused of
arranging the marriage of a seven-year-old boy
and six-year-old girl in eastern Pakistan, officials
said Saturday. The fathers of both children, the
cleric performing the ceremony, and three
witnesses were charged under the Child Marriage
Restraint Act on Saturday after being arrested in
Punjab province on Friday, senior police official
Saifullah Khan told AFP.
They face six months imprisonment and/or a fine
of 50,000 rupees ($500).
Local police chief Mehr Riaz Hussain said the
accused have denied that the wedding took place,
but police have it on video.
Pakistani lawmakers last month withdrew a
proposal to impose harsher penalties on those who
arrange child marriages after it was scuttled by a
religious body which branded it "blasphemous"
and against Islam.
The proposal, which would also have raised the
legal age of marriages for females from 16 to 18,
called for "rigorous" punishment of up to two years
in prison for those who organise child marriages,
still common in some parts of Pakistan.
The original law stipulates the age of marriage to
be 16 for women and 18 for men but Pakistani
religious scholars at the Council of Islamic
Ideology, believe it is not in accordance with
Islamic teachings.
They say there is no specific age limit for marriage
in Sharia as an individual can marry when he or
she reaches puberty and puberty cannot be
defined by age. Rights activists strongly criticised
the rejection of bill.

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