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Cleric who solemnises Pak Hindu minor girls marriage held as they move court seeking protection

A cleric who allegedly solemnised the wedding of two Pakistani Hindu minor girls, who were reportedly abducted and forcefully converted to Islam, was arrested on Sunday, as the teenagers approached a court in Pakistan s Punjab province seeking protection, according to a media report. The two girls, Raveena (13) and Reena (15), were allegedly kidnapped by a group of influential men from their home in Ghotki district in Sindh on the eve of Holi. Soon after the kidnapping, a video went viral in which a cleric was purportedly shown soleminising the Nikah (marriage) of the two girls, triggering a nationwide outrage. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan also ordered a probe into the issue. According to Geo News Urdu website jang.com, the teenagers approached a court in Bahawalpur in Pakistan s Punjab province seeking protection. The cleric who performed their marriage has been arrested from Khan Pur in Sindh, it said. Earlier in the day, a war of words broke out between External Affairs .


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