Pak father sells 13-year old daughter to marry 55 year old for 70,000 rupees

Written by: Nairita Das
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Lahore, July 22 (ANI): In what can be described as a blot on the father-daughter relationship, a Pakistani man sold his 13-year old daughter for 70, 000 rupees for marrying a 55-year old man.

Now, the girl, Sadia, has filed a petition in the Lahore High Court (LHC) seeking protection and action against her own father and other family members.

Sadia had escaped from her father's custody just three days before she was about to be married, but what is more shocking is that even the local police officials sided with her family and have been constantly harassing her, The News reports.

Later, the Judicial Activism Panel (JAP), a human rights and public interest litigation association, came to Sadia's rescue enabling her to file case in the Lahore High Court.

JAP's chairman advocate Muhammad Azhar Siddique filed a petition in the court on the girl's behalf, stating that Sadia's family members were constantly managing police raids in search of her.

Sadia, through her petition, appealed to the court of law to issue directions to the Punjab Chief Secretary and Secretary Home for protection of fundamental rights of citizens of the province.

She also asked the court to direct police officials stop harassing her and instead provide protection and take action against her father and other relatives, who tried to sell her for money. (ANI)

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