Pak court docket permits Sikh woman to go together with her Muslim husband or anyplace of her selection

Lahore, August 13

A Pakistani court docket has dominated {that a} Sikh woman, who allegedly married a Muslim man towards her household’s will, was not a ‘minor’ and allowed her to go together with her husband or anyplace of her selection, sparking rigidity between the 2 communities.

The Lahore High Court on Wednesday allowed Jagjit Kaur of Nankana Sahib who married Mohammad Hassan of her locality in September final towards the need of her household to go together with her husband or anyplace of her selection.

Since September 2019, Kaur has been dwelling in Darul Aman (shelter home) in Lahore following her household’s allegation that she was kidnapped by Hassan who forcibly married her.

India had voiced its concern with Pakistan over the kidnapping and compelled marriage of the Sikh woman and sought “immediate remedial action” from the Pakistan authorities.

LHC justice Chaudhry Shehram Sarwar gave the ruling on the petition of Hassan in search of custody of ‘his wife’ Kaur whom he gave Muslim identify Ayesha.

Police introduced the Sikh woman to the court docket amid tight safety. Her brother and different members of the family had been additionally current within the court docket who expressed their dismay over the choice.

Representing the Sikh household, Advocate Khalil Tahir Sindhu argued that the school-leaving certificates was sufficient to show that the woman is minor.

He challenged the document of the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) concerning her age.

Sindhu additionally knowledgeable the court docket that as per a settlement reached by Punjab Governor Muhammad Sarwar between the 2 events, the woman is meant to be handed over to her household.

“Emotions of the Sikh community will be hurt if the girl is allowed to go with the Muslim man,” he contended.

Counsel for the petitioner Advocate Sultan Sheikh informed the court docket that as per the document of Nadra, the woman was 19.

He mentioned a medical board beforehand constituted by the court docket had already declared the woman a significant.

The decide rejected the arguments of Advocate Sindhu, saying solely the paperwork of Nadra had been legitimate to determine the age of an individual.

Justice Sarwar additional noticed that the excessive court docket had nothing to do with any resolution made by the governor in a non-public capability.

“The Constitution of the country safeguards the rights of Kaur and she is free to live with a person of her own choice,” the decide mentioned and directed her husband to boost the quantity of dowry (haq mehr) from Rs 50,000 to Rs1 million.

The decide dismissed the petition and dominated that the woman was free to go away the shelter dwelling and will reside together with her husband or go anyplace of her selection.

The decide additionally ordered the police to supply “foolproof” safety to Kaur.

At the earlier listening to, Kaur informed the court docket that she married the petitioner together with her free will, after changing to Islam, and didn’t need to return to her household.

The native Sikh neighborhood staged protests after she married the Muslim man towards the need of her household.

Tension between Sikh and Muslim communities in Nankana Sahib has risen following the court docket resolution. Nankana police have been placed on alert, officers mentioned. — PTI

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