Free-will marriage: SHC orders couple’s protection

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday directed police officials to provide protection to Mst Iqra and Feroz who are facing life threats as they have contracted married without parents’ permission.

The 23-years-old, Iqra, who was Hindu and her old name was Radha, a citizen of Kotri, Jamshoro, submitted that she contracted free-will marriage with 26-years-old Feroz but her family did not accept their marriage.

SHC bench headed by Justice Naimatullah Phulpoto heard the petition filed by newly-wed couple who moved the court seeking protection and quashment of kidnapping case registered against Feroz at local police station in Kotri.

The court directed police officials to provide protection to the couple and not to arrest Feroz in relation with the kidnapping case registered against him.

In Wednesday’s hearing, SHO of Kotri police station submitted that he would record the statement of the petitioner.

Mst Iqra submitted in the petition that she was Hindu but after engaging with Feroz she embraced Islam by realizing its truth. Iqra submitted that she left her house on 28th December 2015 and came to Karachi with Feroz where they married on 29th December. The couple apprehends that they would be killed in the name of honour and demanded protection from police.