Love-marriage couple moves court in Karachi amid threats from girl’s family
Contracting marriage according to their own will is still the biggest problem for many in our society, as family members forced a couple to move a local court in Karachi amid the threats they are facing.
In this connection, 24NewsHD TV channel reported on Thursday that Saqib and Kulsoom – residents of North Nazimabad – filed an application just days after they opted for court marriage against the wishes of the girl’s family.
During the hearing, Kulsoom too appealed the court for security and said they decided to marry by their own choice. “We want that protection is provided to them,” she added.
Representing the applicants, senior lawyer Nasir Ahmed prayed the court to ensure security of his clients and argued that tying knot of their own will wasn’t a crime, which had been allowed both by the Constitution and the religion.
Although such issues are common in Pakistan, the most important aspect of this case is the fact that the couple was supposed not to marry and is now desperate for security in Karachi, the biggest and the only cosmopolitan centre of the country, not in some far-flung or rural area.
A news item reported by 24NewsHD last week explains how children are treated in our society as an influential landlord held a jirga near Sarhad – a town bordering Punjab in Ghotki district – deciding that a 10-year-old girl would have to marry his mentally-retarded son.
But the jirga held by Imdad Sheikh and Aziz Sheikh, didn’t stop there as they also warned the girl’s family of serious consequences with a fine of Rs150,000 in case of refusal.
However, the girl’s family did not accept the decision and moved a local court in an attempt to get justice.
Another example is of a young couple being dumped in a canal at Kunjah in Gujrat. Actually, the 22-year-old girl and 19-year-old boy were killed at the same spot.
It was revealed that the boy had been badly tortured before the murder as his eyes, nose and tongue were cut. He also received three bullets in his chest.
After the incident, the victim girl’s family members pretended that she was mentally disturbed and had committed suicide by jumping into the canal as they were in love and had planned to marry in the next few days.