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Sunday, June 18, 2017

A Hindu Girl Ravita Was Forcibly Converted And Married To A Muslim Man In Tharparker (Video)

The family of a teenage Hindu girl Ravita Maghwadh in Tharparker has claimed that she was kidnapped, forcibly converted to Islam and married off to a Muslim man Syed Nawaz Ali Shah. However, the girl and her husband have filed a petition in Sindh High Court seeking protection and declaring the conversion and marriage consensual. It is reported that on June 6, Ravita converted to Islam, changed her name to Gulnaz, same day she married to Shah at the marriage registrar's office in Union Council Samaro Umerkot. However, Ravita's family accused Shah of kidnapping her and lodged a FIR against him. Family also claimed that Ravita was underage and produced her primary school certificate which indicates her date of birth on July 14, 2001, showing her 16 years. The marriage register has mention Shah's date of birth as 1980, his identity card number. But Ravita's age has been written approximately 18 years and her NIC nimber has not been mentioned. Similarly, her ceritificate of conversion to Islam does not carry her date of birth as well as NIC number. NIC is not issued to people below the age of 18 years by NADRA, meaning Ravita has not been issued NIC. The law restricts the registration of people under the age of 18 years per Sindh Child Marriages Restraint Act 2013.

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