FIR lodged; Moalvi and fathers of bride and bridegroom arrested; court releases boy’s father on bail
Ailing boy dies at home after 3 days of marriage; relatives stage demo alleging police of harassment; inquiry ordered
Karachi/Khairpur: In child marriage incident in village Bagho Phulpoto of district Khairpur, one Murad Phulpoto sold his 13-year daughter Saima for Rs.60000/- in marriage to 14-year Ayaz s/o Wazir Phulpoto, a mentally retarded boy on January 27, 2021.
The ailing boy however passed away at his home on January 30, just three days after the marriage, as reports suggest.
The incident being of child marriage was reported to the Pir-jo-Goth police station. The Police arrested fathers of both, the bridegroom and the bride and Nikah Khwan Molvi Abdullah Phulpoto. The Pir-jo-Goth police registered FIR No. 09/2021 u/s 3, 4, 5 of Child Marriage Restraint Act-2013 against them. On Jan 28, 2021 Wazir Phulpoto was produced before Judicial Magistrate/Civil Judge Pir-Jo-Goth for remand but the court released him on bail.
On Jan 30 bridegroom Ayaz died a natural death at home, reportedly being ill already and mentally retarded. Parents were asked for autopsy and proceedings under 174 Cr. PC.
On Saturday January 30, some relatives of deceased bridegroom led by Wazir Phulpoto and Amjad Mahesar staged protest demonstration and sit-in at Maryam Taub Square Khairpur, along with dead body of Ayaz Phulpoto blaming that the boy had died of police harassment.
The parents of both bridegroom and bride approached SSP Khairpur who appointed SP Headquarter as an inquiry officer and directed him to submit a detailed report.
Further information is being collected, an official handout of Sindh government issued in Karachi said on Saturday night.