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Father moves SHC for Dua Zehra’s recovery

KARACHI: Dua Zehra’s father has filed a petition in Sindh High Court (SHC) for the recovery of his teenage daughter, media reported on Saturday.

Mehdi Ali Kazmi has pleaded to SHC to issue orders to the SSP East, SHO Alfalah police station, and the investigation officer of the case for the recovery of Dua Zehra.

Teenager Dua Zehra had left Karachi in April to marry a boy in Lahore purportedly of her own free will.

Kazmi seeks the high court’s order to the investigation officer the recovery of his daughter and produces her before the court.

“She was 14 years of age when her Nikah solemnized, her age is 13 according to the NADRA record,” the petitioner further said.

“She is underage and cannot be legally married under Child Marriage Restraint Act 2013”, he pleaded.

It is pertinent to mention here that Dua Zehra’s family had approached the police, hours after she went missing from near her house in Alfalah Town in Karachi on April 16, and had appealed through a number of channels for help in finding their daughter.

Days after her disappearance, police found out that Dua Zehra had married a boy named Zaheer in Lahore.

A Lahore court allowed Dua Zehra to live with her husband.  The Model Town court, while issuing a verdict on the police’s plea to send the girl (14-year-old according to her father’s claim and 18-year-old as per her own) to Dar-ul-Aman, rejected the police request and allowed Dua Zehra to live with her husband Zaheer Ahmed.

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