Pakistan police stop wedding of 7-year-old boy and 5-year-old girl

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) -- Police in Pakistan have prevented a wedding between a 7-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl.

They raided the wedding in Karachi, Pakistan's largest city, and arrested the Muslim cleric who was officiating.

According to a senior officer, they also arrested the children's parents.

The cleric hadn't yet begun the ceremony, which police say was attended by 100 guests.

In Pakistan, marriage below the age of 18 is illegal -- but some Muslim scholars say it's allowed if the bride and groom have reached puberty.

According to a TV report, the parents said the wedding had been arranged to end an eight-year feud between the two families.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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