Public and media pressure show results. That’s a good thing to keep in mind for the future. From IANS, with thanks to Sr. Soph:
ISLAMABAD “” Public and media pressure and threat of action by the police forced a man, 45, to divorce a four-year-old child whom he had married under a tribal custom in Dera Ismail Khan. A local panchayat ordered and solemnised the marriage as part of a dispute settlement under the “˜vani” custom.
Local police arrested 13 people, including members of a panchayat, which had ordered the marriage. Those arrested included Mahboob, the man to whom the girl was married, Alamsher, the girl’s father and Saifur Rehman, the panchayat leader.