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A Pakistan court ruled that a 13-year-old Catholic girl must return to her 30-year-old Muslim “husband’s” home after her father was unable to convince the judge that his daughter was underage and forcibly converted to Islam. According to Morning Star News (MSN), his 13-year-old daughter, Nayab, helped in a beauty salon owned by 30-year-old Saddam Hayat, who had reportedly offered to train Nayab in the salon during COVID-19 restrictions. Shahid Gill told MSN that Hayat suggested Nayab learn skills that could help support the family and assured them that she “was just like his daughter.” Hayat promised to pay the Gill family 10,000 rupees (or about $63) per month for Nayab’s help, but Shahid Gill claims that the payments ceased after a few months. Then on May 20, Nayab went missing. Hayat claimed ignorance of her whereabouts, helping the family look for her but telling them not to mention that Nayab had been working for him. They located her in a women’s shelter on May 26, where they were told that Nayab had submitted a claim to the magistrate’s court alleging that she had converted to Islam and was under threat from her Catholic family.

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