The marriage was stopped midway, suspect arrested
A 28-year-old man was arrested for trying to marry a minor girl in Bahawalpur’s Uuch Sharif on Monday, according to the police.
The suspect, identified as Muhammad Tariq, was tying the knot with an 11-year-old girl. The police raided his house when they received news about it from one of their sources.
They stopped the marriage midway. “The girl was an orphan and a cousin of the suspect,” a police officer said.
Tariq was arrested on spot. An FIR has been lodged and a case registered for violation of the Punjab Marriage Restraint Act.
The law states that any adult who marries a child, defined as a boy under 18 years and a girl under 16 years of age, can be punished with imprisonment of up to six months and a fine of Rs50,000.