Pakistani bride, 7, fails to marry five-year-old groom

A wedding between a seven-year-old girl and boy of five was stopped by police in Pakistan.

Officers arrested the Muslim cleric officiating at the ceremony and the children’s parents.

The cleric had not yet begun the ceremony in Karachi, which was attended by 100 guests.

Pakistan law forbids marriage below the age of 18, but some muslim scholars say it is permissible if the bride and groom have reached puberty.

TV footage showed both children in traditional wedding clothes in the laps of policemen after the raid, the girl with tears running down her cheeks.

The parents said the wedding had been arranged to end an eight-year feud between the two families.


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