Police in Pakistan rescued a 10-year-old child bride who was sold to a 50-year-old man by her mother to pay off a £3,400 loan.
Jeetmal Mehar offered £5,400 to Pathani Mangrio’s parents to marry her.
Officers raided the marriage broker’s house just before the contract was signed and arrested 11 people complicit in the deal but the groom escaped.
Police in Pakistan rescued a 10-year-old child bride who was sold to a 50-year-old man by her mother to pay off a £3,400 loan. Pictured: The bride (right) with her mother
Gulzar Mari, a policeman investigating the case, said: ‘On December 19, around 11am we received information that a minor girl was being married to a 50-year-old man.
‘We took immediate action and raided the house of Muhammad Mehar. He was the broker in this marriage and had taken £340 from the groom and £170 from bride’s family.’
The bride’s mother Masmat Nabiat said that she had agreed to marry her daughter off as the family had to pay a loan of around £3,400.
She said: ‘My husband was ill and for his treatment we had taken loan from some influential people.
‘My husband is unable to stand on his feet and can’t walk that is why he was not present at the Nikah ceremony of our daughter.
‘Due to financial constraints we couldn’t pay back the loan. The people we had taken money from were pressuring us that they will recover their loan amount by selling our house.
‘Muhammad Mehar contacted us through some sources and offered £5,400 if we will marry our daughter to Jeetmal Mehar.
‘Neither I nor my husband wanted to do this injustice to our daughter but we had no choice. The groom also said he will not demand any dowry and he will bear all the expenses of marriage.’