In Pakistan, the threat of child marriage still persists. In the past few years, radical Islamists, have involved in kidnapping, conversion and marrying girls from minority communities.
A study into it shows that annually as many as 1000 Sikhs and Hindus aged 12 to25 have either been forcible converted to Islam or abducted to marry them off. Islam. Many cases are not documented because of the scarce financial support of the families of such victims.
UNICEF estimates that 21% of Pakistani girls are marrying before the age of 18 and 3% before the age of 15. According to a survey, child marriage is more common in the Sindh province although it is practiced in some areas of Pakistan. Maulana Salahuddin Ayubi, a leader of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) and a Member of the National Assembly (MNA) of Pakistan has married a 14-year-old Baloch girl in Pakistan. A probe in the case has been ordered by an NGO in Chitral that works for women’s welfare.
According to sources, the girl has been a school student studying in Government Girls High School at Jughoor. During the probe, the girl’s date of birth is reported as 28 October 2006, stressing the girl is a minor. Maulana Salahuddin is in the late fifties.
The alleged marriage of the underage girl with the Pakistan MP, who is roughly four times heer age.
According to UNICEF, 21 per cent of girls in Pakistan are married before the age of 18, and three per cent before the age of 15. As per a survey, while child marriage is practised in some parts of Pakistan, its prevalence is highest in the Sindh province.