Panchayat marries off two underage girls as ‘vani’

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Staff Reporter

A local Panchayat (village council) gave two underage orphan girls into marriage over purported illicit relation of their brother with a girl, on Tuesday.

“The head of the panchayat (Sarpanch) attacked the house of a widow with 10 armed men and beaten the family members,” according to a report.

The panchayat head arranged to solemnize Nikah of 10-year Zehra with Wajid and eight-year Sajida with Majid, report said.

Kundai police station on the report of the incident conducted raids and recovered the minor girls given in Nikah. The Sarpanch has been arrested along with another accused, police said.

Police has also conducted raid at the house of the Nikahkhwan, who solemnized the marriage.

Muzaffargarh District Police Officer (DPO) Yousuf Haroon has ordered to initiate investigation of the incident.