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Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Pakistani Archdiocese Created Awareness on Forced Conversion and Child Marriage

From Vatican News:

Caritas Karachi and the Catholic Women’s Organization (CWO) jointly organized the seminar in Kausar Naizi Colony, a Christian neighborhood of St. Jude’s Parish. The event assumed an added urgency following the recent case of Arzoo Raja, the 13-year old Christian girl who was abducted on Oct. 13 while playing outside her home in Karachi's Railway Colony. She was forcibly converted and married to Ali Azar, a 44-year-old Muslim man. Her family is still fighting a legal battle for her custody. 

Tabassum Yousaf, a high court lawyer and counsel for Arzoo, shed light on the legal rights of minority girls as guaranteed by the constitution of Pakistan. 

The Sindh High Court on Oct. 27 upheld the marriage of Arzoo, based on a fake affidavit produced by her purported husband, Ali Azar, claiming the girl was 18 and had converted on her own. Fortunately, the ruling was reversed and the girl was rescued after this protest.

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