Pakistan cleric who solemnised Hindu minor girls’ marriage arrested

Lahore: A cleric who allegedly solemnised the wedding of two Pakistani Hindu minor girls, who were reportedly abducted and forcefully converted to Islam, was arrested on Sunday, as the teenagers approached a court in Pakistan’s Punjab province seeking protection, according to a media report.

The two girls, Raveena (13) and Reena (15), were allegedly kidnapped by a group of “influential” men from their home in Ghotki district in Sindh on the eve of Holi. Soon after the kidnapping, a video went viral in which a cleric was purportedly shown soleminising the Nikah (marriage) of the two girls, triggering a nationwide outrage.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan also ordered a probe into the issue.

According to Geo News’ Urdu, the teenagers approached a court in Bahawalpur in Pakistan’s Punjab province seeking protection.

“The cleric who performed their marriage has been arrested from Khan Pur in Sindh,” it said.

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