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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Girl, 12, 'abducted for arranged marriage' (This still happen's even though it's against Islam)

David Fickling
Tuesday August 29, 2006

Guardian Unlimited


A 12-year-old girl abducted from Lewis, in the Outer Hebrides, could have been taken to Pakistan for an arranged marriage to a 25-year-old man, relatives said today.
Molly Campbell, also known as Misbah Iram Ahmed Rana, is believed to be with her father's relatives in either Lahore or Karachi after being taken from outside her school on Friday morning.

Her 18-year-old sister, Tahmina, is understood to have taken her to Stornoway airport to meet her father, Sajad Ahmed Rana. All three flew to Glasgow and then on to Pakistan.

Molly's grandmother, Violet Robertson, told the Daily Record newspaper that the girl's father had tried to abduct her before, and said he intended to marry her to a man in Pakistan.
"It's just terrible. Molly is only a little girl," she said. "It's an arranged marriage. She doesn't know the man. Molly doesn't want to go to Pakistan. She wants to stay with her mum."

Molly's 38-year-old mother, Louise Campbell, has legal custody of her. Ms Robertson said the pair had been living in Lewis after being driven from Glasgow and then the village of Drummore, in Dumfries and Galloway, by her father's attempts to get her back.

"He turned up outside her school a few months ago and tried to snatch her, but she managed to get away," Ms Robertson said. "Molly's mum has been running from Sajad for a long time now. He won't hand Molly back - never. I'm scared that's her gone for good."

Ms Campbell will appeal for her daughter's return at a press conference in Stornoway later today.

The couple met when Ms Campbell was 16 and Mr Rana was 23 and both were working at market stalls in Glasgow. They married in a Muslim ceremony in 1984, and Molly was the youngest of four children.

All four had initially stayed with Mr Rana after the marriage broke up before deciding to move back in with Ms Campbell after their father returned to Pakistan.

"For a while, everything was good and Louise was really happy," Ms Robertson said. "But it soon became clear that Sajad wouldn't rest until he had his family back in Pakistan with him.

"Last year, Adam and Tahmina [Molly's brothers] decided they wanted to go back to Pakistan to live, and Omar decided to get married and went off to live in London.

"But Sajad was furious that Molly was still in Scotland with Louise. He decided he wanted her back with him. Sajad has taken away my grandkids, and the whole family has lived in fear because of him."

Ms Robertson said Ms Campbell had changed Molly's schools in an attempt to prevent Mr Rana from tracking her down, as well as enrolling her under an assumed name and cutting off contact with relatives. She said Mr Rana had hired private investigators to track his daughter down.

Police described Molly as 5ft 4in tall, of medium build, with dark shoulder-length hair and a sallow complexion.

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