Pakistan

Four arrested in Rahim Yar Khan for marrying off minor girl

LAHORE: Police have arrested tribal council (panchayat) members for allegedly marrying off a nine-year-old girl in Rahim Yar Khan.

The FIR has also been registered Section 310 of the Pakistan Penal Code against the accused persons including Punnu, Ghazwa and Kaalu.

A panchayat had decided earlier this week to give the girl as Vani in marriage to a boy, 14, in order to settle what was alleged to be a murder dispute.

Four men who been have arrested are said to be signatories of the panchayat verdict.

Vani is a cultural custom found in some tribal areas of Pakistan wherein young girls are forcibly married as part of punishment for a crime committed by her male relatives.

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