Sindh Home Minister Suhail Anwar Siyal on Wednesday claimed that the 13-year-old girl who had earlier gone missing this month in Sindh’s Umerkot district is in the custody of Hyderabad police.
This claim was made by him while addressing the media in Hyderabad where he said,“A Baloch couple handed over Amisha Khashkeli, 13, to police.” The Baloch couple narrated that they had discovered the girl on a roadside,” the home minister added.
Siyal assured the family of the minor that she would soon be handed to them as soon as the investigation is gets completed. while committing to take an appropriate legal action against those found involved in the case, including police officials.
Last week, Amisha’s relatives claimed that a women’s police squad raided their house and stopped her marriage and she had been missing since.
The 13-year-old girl’s family had alleged that the police stopped the marriage on the orders of a local feudal and took her with them. “The police took her with them and she has been missing since” the relatives had said.
Following the family’s claims, police officials said they had handed the girl over to her family after questioning. Upon hearing of the raid, the groom and the person who was supposed to solemnise the marriage ran away, police added.
“However, we took the girl, her sister and mother into custody and handed them over to their relatives after recording their statements,” the officials had said.
After reports of the case went viral on social media, IG Sindh AD Khawaja had called for an inquiry into the incident and also suspended Umerkot Women’s Police SHO Khushbakht to ensure the independent inquiry was not influenced.
The girl’s family had also registered a case in a district and sessions court under Section 22(A) against two local feudal and police officials.