Karachi: 23 December 2021: A year after being sent to shelter home 14 year old #Arzoo today gave statement before Hon' Sindh High Court that she wants to remain Muslim but wants to return back to her parents who are Christian. Arzoo, daughter of Raja Masih and Rita, was abducted on 13.10.2020 by 44 year old neighbor Ali Azhar who on the same day converted her to Islam and subjected her to Child Marriage.
Arzoo was recovered by Police on 2.11.2020 and being minor and hence not able legally contract marriage was sent to Shelter Home while criminal proceedings for offences of Child Marriage and Rape were initiated against Ali Azhar.
Today after Arzoo declared her wish to return to her Christian parents while remaining a Muslim, the parents also submitted before Court that they have no objection to her change of faith nor will they compel her in any way to revert back to Christianity.
The Hon SHC will gives its Order later today. It is important to note here that Lahore High Court in the 2020 case of #PummyMuskan also a 14 year old girl who was converted to Islam by her employers held that mere conversion of faith doesn't take away right of guardianship away from parents. The Federal Shariat Court also held earlier this year that the Child Marriage Restraint Law isn't against injunctions of Islam and hence is a valid law.