By Fionn Shiner and Marta Petrosillo
Underage girls can be married as long as they have had their first menstrual cycle, a High Court in Pakistan has ruled, in accordance with Shari’a law.
The Sindh High Court in Karachi passed down the ruling in a hearing on Monday (3rd February) about the alleged abduction, forced conversion and marriage of Huma Younus, a Catholic girl taken from her home on 10th October 2019.
Her parents believe her marriage is invalid in line with the Sindh Child Marriage Restraint Act, which forbids marriage under the age of 18.
Huma’s parents produced evidence – including a baptismal certificate and testimony from her school – purporting to show she is 14 years old, born on 22nd May 2005.