The Sindh high court has ordered the teenage Catholic child bride Arzoo Raja – kidnapped, converted to Islam, and subjected to forced marriage – to remain in a state-run shelter home. During today’s hearing, November 23, the judge did not allow the girl to return to her family of origin and that she will have to stay in the aforementioned structure.
If on the one hand the decision definitely tears her away from the one who kidnapped her, the fact that she does not return to the house where she was born causes disappointment among Catholics. Arzoo Raja’s family, in agreement with their defenders, will appeal to the Supreme Court of Pakistan to obtain custody of their daughter.
Muslim lawyer Jibran Nasir, who is following Arzoo Raja’s case, explains to Fides News Agency: “Today the Sindh High Court has disposed of the case, which was primarily filed by Arzoo’s abductors in her name. The court denied all their prayers regarding Arzoo’s custody, the legality of the marriage and cancellation of the case filed by her parents”.