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Pak court allows Sikh girl to go with her Muslim husband or any place of her choice

Lahore, August 13

A Pakistani courtroom has dominated {that a} Sikh lady, who allegedly married a Muslim man towards her household’s will, was not a ‘minor’ and allowed her to go along with her husband or anyplace of her selection, sparking pressure between the 2 communities.

The Lahore Excessive Court docket on Wednesday allowed Jagjit Kaur of Nankana Sahib who married Mohammad Hassan of her locality in September final towards the desire of her household to go along with her husband or anyplace of her selection.

Since September 2019, Kaur has been dwelling in Darul Aman (shelter home) in Lahore following her household’s allegation that she was kidnapped by Hassan who forcibly married her.

India had voiced its concern with Pakistan over the kidnapping and compelled marriage of the Sikh lady and sought “quick remedial motion” from the Pakistan authorities.

LHC justice Chaudhry Shehram Sarwar gave the ruling on the petition of Hassan searching for custody of ‘his spouse’ Kaur whom he gave Muslim title Ayesha.

Police introduced the Sikh lady to the courtroom amid tight safety. Her brother and different members of the family have been additionally current within the courtroom who expressed their dismay over the choice.

Representing the Sikh household, Advocate Khalil Tahir Sindhu argued that the school-leaving certificates was sufficient to show that the lady is minor.

He challenged the report of the Nationwide Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) relating to her age.

Sindhu additionally knowledgeable the courtroom that as per a settlement reached by Punjab Governor Muhammad Sarwar between the 2 events, the lady is meant to be handed over to her household.

“Feelings of the Sikh group will probably be harm if the lady is allowed to go along with the Muslim man,” he contended.

Counsel for the petitioner Advocate Sultan Sheikh instructed the courtroom that as per the report of Nadra, the lady was 19.

He mentioned a medical board beforehand constituted by the courtroom had already declared the lady a serious.

The decide rejected the arguments of Advocate Sindhu, saying solely the paperwork of Nadra have been legitimate to determine the age of an individual.

Justice Sarwar additional noticed that the excessive courtroom had nothing to do with any resolution made by the governor in a personal capability.

“The Structure of the nation safeguards the rights of Kaur and she or he is free to stay with an individual of her personal selection,” the decide mentioned and directed her husband to boost the quantity of dowry (haq mehr) from Rs 50,000 to Rs1 million.

The decide dismissed the petition and dominated that the lady was free to go away the shelter residence and will stay along with her husband or go anyplace of her selection.

The decide additionally ordered the police to offer “foolproof” safety to Kaur.

On the earlier listening to, Kaur instructed the courtroom that she married the petitioner along with her free will, after changing to Islam, and didn’t wish to return to her household.

The native Sikh group staged protests after she married the Muslim man towards the desire of her household.

Stress between Sikh and Muslim communities in Nankana Sahib has risen following the courtroom resolution. Nankana police have been placed on alert, officers mentioned. — PTI

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