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Police Storms A Wedding Ceremony Between A 22-Year-Old Groom And His 5-Year-Old Bride

A Pakistani policeman carrying a gun
The police was a minute too late to stop the pronunciation of a 22-year-old man and his bride, aged 5 man and wife.

Officers swooped on the man and others involved in the celebrations in the village of Raman Shar in Dakhan Town, Pakistan.

Those arrested include the groom Habibullah Shar, the registrar Molvi Kifayatullah Bhutto, 40, and the father of the groom Gul Meer.

Dawn reported that the bride was taken into custody alongside her mother.

The bride and her in-laws are to be prosecuted under the Early Child Marriages Restraint Act of 2013.

The action was later said to be targeting the groom, his parents and parents of the girl under sections 3, 4 and 5 of the Pakistan Penal Code.

Child marriage is considered a punishable offence in Sindh and the age of consent to this is 18 years old with a maximum jail term of 3 years.

The parents were said to be conducting the marriage because someone had died recently in the household, children's rights activist Achyuta Rao from charity Balala Hakkula Sangham reported.

He said:

"As per their custom, no relative will enter their house after the death of a family member, unless they perform an 'auspicious event' and celebrate it."

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