With Dua Zehra recently being returned to her parents by Court order, the plaintiff’s lawyer Jibran Nasir stressed the need for much-needed reforms in the Pakistani legal system to curb child marriages.
Jibran Nasir took to Twitter writing “There are many lessons to be learnt from this case & reforms are needed to curb child marriages”, after Court granted custody of Dua to her father Mehdi Kazmi.
Alhumdulillah after 7 month long battle today victim child is finally going home. She unequivocally informed Hon’ High Court that she wants to reside with parents. There are many lessons to be learnt from this case & reforms are needed to curb child marriages
— M. Jibran Nasir 🇵🇸 (@MJibranNasir) January 6, 2023
The case was temporarily put to rest on Friday in the Sindh High Court (SHC) after Justice Kalhoro questioned the girl about her preference for staying with her parents or at the shelter home during the hearing. In response to the judge, the 14-year-old said, “She wants to go to her parent’s home and be with them.”
While initially the case had baffled many, the recent turn of events has pointed towards a clear need for much needed amendments in the legal system and an increasing need to put forth social and legal reforms to curb child marriages.