An Update on Arzoo Raja – the 13 year old Christian girl who was kidnapped and forced to marry the 44-year-old Ali Azhar

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A Pakistani high court nullified the claim of marriage that a Muslim man had made after allegedly abducting a 13-year-old girl and forcing her to wed him.

The court also directed police to arrest suspects in the case, including the cleric who conducted the wedding.

Similar cases where men abduct Christian girls and forcibly convert and marry them are common in Pakistan, with 156 cases reported between 2013 and 2019. In February, there was the case of 14-year-old Sneha, and in July, there was the case of a 15-year-old girl named Huma Younus. The kidnapping incident of a 12-year-old named Farah Shaheen also recently surfaced.

Azhar's lawyer had argued that marriage is legal once a girl reaches puberty, according to Islamic tradition and religious Shari'a law. Azhar was not charged with sexual assault or kidnapping.

Pakistani Christians have taken to petitioning the courts – which are often slow to act and face pressure from Islamic leaders – against forced conversion and underage marriage.