SC takes suo motu notice of minor girl’s Vani marriage

January 12, 2017

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court Thursday took suo motu notice of a minor girl declared ‘vani’ by a jirga in Ghotki city of Sindh.

According to our correspondent, the jirga had ordered marriage of a three-year-old girl under the custom of Vani.

Reports said the jirga was held by decision-making assembly of Mazari tribe’s male elders in a border town of Sindh and Balochistan.

Taking notice of the illegal act, the apex court has directed SSP Ghotki to file a report in this regard within 48 hours. The suo motu notice was taken on the complaint of Ali Hassan Mazari, a resident of Ghotki.

Vani is a cultural custom found in parts of Pakistan, especially in Sindh and Balochistan, wherein young girls are forcibly married as part of punishment for a crime committed by her male relatives.

Vani is a form of arranged child marriage, and the result of punishment decided by a council of tribal elders named jirga. – Samaa