IO gets two days to file DNA reports in child marriage case

KARACHI: A sessions court gave on Wednesday two-day time to an investigating officer for submitting DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) matching and medical reports of an alleged child marriage victim and her purported husband.

Noman has been detained and booked for allegedly marrying an underage girl and cleric Mohammad Lal for performing their illegal child marriage within the remit of the Saeedabad police station last year.

On Wednesday the additional district and sessions judge (west) took up an application moved by Noman seeking grant of postarrest bail in the case.

During the hearing, the judge inquired from the investigating officer of the case about medical evidence such as medical reports of the teenage girl and matching of her DNA with the suspect to determine whether she was subjected to any physical assault.

However, IO Sub-inspector Jameel Ahmed informed that samples of the victim and suspect had been drawn and sent to laboratory for chemical analysis and reports were still awaited.

The judge told the IO to obtain reports of both medical tests within two days and submit the same with the court and adjourned the hearing.

On the last date, a judicial magistrate had handed over the custody of the 13-year-old girl, who was allegedly forcibly converted and her child marriage was solemnised with the suspect.

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