Police raided a secret wedding in which a 50-year-old pedophile was taking his wedding vows with a terrified 10-year-old girl. However, when they spoke with the girl’s mother, she had just 6 disturbing words for authorities
On Tuesday, Pakistani police raided an elderly imam’s home just as he was about to sign a marriage contract between a child bride and her soon-to-be husband, who is 5 times her age. Daily Mail reports that the authorities thwarted the Islamic Nikah marriage, which was officiated by Qazi Haji Solangi, between 50-year-old Jeetmal Mehar and 10-year-old Pathani Mangrio just before it could be finalized. However, nothing could prepare authorities for how the innocent child’s Muslim mother responded.
When confronted about her underage daughter’s illegal marriage, Masmat Nabiat confessed that she had fully consented for her daughter to marry the pedophile because he had offered her over $7,200, which she and her husband needed because “we couldn’t pay back a loan” of approximately $4,550.
My husband was ill and for his treatment we had taken loan from some influential people,” she said. “My husband is unable to stand on his feet and can’t walk that is why he was not present at the Nikah ceremony of our daughter. Due to financial constraints we couldn’t pay back the loan. The people we had taken money from were pressuring us that they will recover their loan amount by selling our house. Muhammad Mehar contacted us through some sources and offered £5,400 ($7,227 US) if we will marry our daughter to Jeetmal Mehar.”
Fearing criminal charges, Nabiat expressed remorse for her decision to sell her own child but continued to justify her actions by claiming that there was no other way for she and her husband to accrue an income.
“Neither I nor my husband wanted to do this injustice to our daughter but we had no choice. The groom also said he will not demand any dowry and he will bear all the expenses of marriage.”
Expectedly, Solangi claimed that he had no idea he was breaking the law, stating that he didn’t know the girl, who is clearly a child, was underage, according to the Mirror.
“I was approached by Muhammad Mehar for reciting Nikah,” Solangi, who performed the marriage, said. “I didn’t know the girl is only 10 years old as I didn’t ask for age of bride and groom. I just asked the names of the bride, groom and their parents name and recited Nikah.”
Commenting on the raid, investigating officer Gulzar Mari confirmed while the groom managed to flee the scene, his men were able to arrest and charge the parents, imam, and all others involved in the illegal marriage. The child has since been placed with her paternal grandfather.
“On December 19, around 11am we received information that a minor girl was being married to a 50-year-old man. We took immediate action and raided the house of Muhammad Mehar. He was the broker in this marriage and had taken £340 ($455 US) from the groom and £170 ($228) from bride’s family.”