Pakistani Police were unable to stop a wedding between a 22-year-old man and a five-year-old girl as the the police raid squad arrived moments after the wedding nuptials had already been completed. Officers swooped on the man and others involved in the celebrations in the village of Raman Shar in Dakhan Town, Pakistan.
Those arrested include the groom Habibullah Shar, the registrar Molvi Kifayatullah Bhutto, 40, and the father of the groom Gul Meer.
The bride was also taken into custody along with her mother, Pakistani newspaper Dawn reports .
All those accused and the bride were to be prosecuted under the Early Child Marriages Restraint Act of 2013.
The action was later said to be targeting the groom, his parents and parents of the girl under sections 3, 4 and 5 of the Pakistan Penal Code.
Child marriage is considered a punishable offence in Sindh and the age of consent to this is 18 years old.
The maximum jail term is three years.