Court gives verdict on Arzoo Raja case?
What order did the court give after hearing the statement of Arzoo Raja who got married of her choice?
According to Baaghi TV, a case of conversion to Islam and marriage of choice was heard in the Sindh High Court.
Arzoo Raja and Ali Azhar were produced in court. Reiterating her statement, Arzoo Raja said, “I got married voluntarily. I am 18 years old.” The court said that, “according to your documents, you are under 18 years of age”. Justice K. K. Agha said that a medical board will be formed and it will decide Raja’s age.
Barrister Salahuddin, on behalf of Federal Minister Shireen Mazari, submitted a power of attorney. The lawyer said that the girl had claimed that she was not abducted. “No one kidnapped me. Don’t take me away from my husband,” said Arzoo Raja. Justice K. K. Agha said, “We will go step by step in no hurry.”
Gibran Nasir, the parent’s lawyer, told the court that the girl’s age must be determined. Barrister Salahuddin said that the statement of the girl is also requested to be recorded in the chamber. “We will closely monitor and investigate,” the court said. The Advocate General said that the girl’s statement should not be recorded, she is underage. Justice K. K. Agha said that “if she is 18 years old, she has the right to stay with him. She herself has said that she was not abducted.”
“Our case here was only to dismiss the FIR,” the petitioner said. On which the court said, “now the matter is something else we have to see the age of the girl”.
The court ordered the formation of a medical board to determine the age of Arzoo Raja and said that Arzoo should be taken into the custody of Lady Police for medical examination. The court directed the Secretary Health to form a medical board, further hearing of the case was adjourned till November 9th. The applicant will remain in the shelter home until the age is determined.
It should be noted that PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that the Sindh government will approach the court to review the decision in the Arzoo Raja case.
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