A Pakistani girl who was allegedly kidnapped and forced to marry a Muslim man has told a high court that she will stay with him, said reports in the Vatican Insider and on Fides.
In tears, Farah Hatim appeared before the judge of the High Court of Punjab, Bahawalpur section. When the judge asked her the question “which family do you choose”, the girl, after an interminable silence, replied: “Both.” The Court argued that “this is impossible”, the question was repeated. At that point, Farah chose her new Muslim family.
The appeal before the High Court was presented by the APM (All Pakistan Minorities Alliance), after a court of first instance had turned down the family’s request to meet the girl.
The judge allowed Farah to have a private talk with her family for 10 minutes. The girl, say sources of Fides, reported that she was indeed “taken in” but she also confided, visibly shaken, that “she cannot come back”.
According to Farah’s family, the reasons for her choice are not clear: they could be due to death threats or intimidations, but also the possibility that the girl is pregnant. In this case, according to the customary law of Pakistan, Farah cannot help but stay with her husband, because if repudiated, she would be “labeled forever”.
Well-informed local sources say that Farah is the victim of an organization that traffics in call girls, a network linked to the hospital where the girl worked, created to supply prostitutes to politicians, reports Vatican Insider.
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