Pak court docket permits Sikh lady to go together with her Muslim husband or anywhere of her alternative

Lahore, August 13

A Pakistani court docket has dominated {that a} Sikh lady, who allegedly married a Muslim man in opposition to her household’s will, was not a ‘minor’ and allowed her to go together with her husband or anywhere of her alternative, sparking pressure 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 in opposition to the desire of her household to go together with her husband or anywhere of her alternative.

Since September 2019, Kaur has been residing 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 lady and sought “immediate remedial action” from the Pakistan authorities.

LHC justice Chaudhry Shehram Sarwar gave the ruling on the petition of Hassan looking for custody of ‘his wife’ Kaur whom he gave Muslim title Ayesha.

Police introduced the Sikh lady to the court docket amid tight safety. Her brother and different members of the family have 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 lady is minor.

He challenged the report 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 lady 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 instructed the court docket that as per the report of Nadra, the lady was 19.

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

The choose rejected the arguments of Advocate Sindhu, saying solely the paperwork of Nadra have been legitimate to ascertain the age of an individual.

Justice Sarwar additional noticed that the excessive court docket had nothing to do with any determination 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 choose mentioned and directed her husband to boost the quantity of dowry (haq mehr) from Rs 50,000 to Rs1 million.

The choose dismissed the petition and dominated that the lady was free to depart the shelter house and will stay together with her husband or go anywhere of her alternative.

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

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

The native Sikh neighborhood staged protests after she married the Muslim man in opposition to the desire of her household.

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

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