KARACHI: Twitter trends with hashtag #JusticeForArzoo demanding justice for Arzoo Masih, a 13-year-old Christian girl who was kidnapped, forced to convert and marry a 44-year-old man against her will.
On October 13, Arzoo Masih was playing outside her home at St. Anthony’s Parish in Karachi and later forced to convert and marry 44-year-old man named Ali Azhar residing in Railway Colony.
According to the details provided by Arzoo’s mother, Rita Masih, she and her husband received the news of her kidnapped and rushed to the police station where they filed a report.
On October 15, the police summoned both parents and presented marriage certificates and conversion documentations which claimed that Azroo Masih was 18 years old as well as converted to Islam willingly.
However, the girl’s father, Raja Lal Masih, produced government documents showing Arzoo’s real age which is 13 years old but so far the matter is still unresolved and the girl is being kept against her will.
According to details, Arzoo Masih and her parents were denied the right to see their daughter by the kidnapper and later went to court where it was ruled that the marriage of the 13-year-old with a 44-year-old man was legal based on the fake documents produced in front of the court.
People have taken to Twitter with hashtag #JusticeForArzoo demanding justice for Arzoo Masih, a 13-year-old girl who was kidnapped, forced to convert and marry someone more than thrice her age.
Not only does this constitute as child marriage which is illegal in Pakistan but also rape of minor since the man involved is 44-years-old. The government needs to step up and take action against such injustice.
Here are some Twitter reactions regarding the matter: