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Friday October 14, 2011 08:07:50 AM, IANS

Islamabad: A Pakistani teenaged girl who sought protection from Swara, a practice in which little girls are married off to members of rival families to settle old feuds, has been sent to a shelter home on court orders, a media report said.

Zar Wali Wednesday appeared before the Chief Justice of the Peshawar High Court, Ejaz Afzal Khan, with a written request that she be protected from her brother and mother, who wanted to marry her to an 80-year-old man already having children and grandchildren, the Dawn reported.

The chief justice converted her request into a petition and put on notice her family members, the advocate general and officials of Daudzai police station before fixing the hearing for Oct 20.

He also ordered police to shift the girl to Darul Aman (shelter home) after she claimed she had no place to live.

Her family lives in the Daudzai area of Peshawar, the capital of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.


 

 

 

 

 

 

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