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Jammu: Two civilians were injured in overnight shelling by Pakistan Rangers in Samba district of Jammu region, police said on Sunday.

“Pakistan Rangers started shelling and firing at 9:20 PM yesterday (Saturday) on the international border in Samba district,” a senior police officer told IANS in Jammu.

“The BSF (Border Security Force) effectively retaliated and the exchange of fire continued till 3 a.m. today (Sunday),” the officer said.

Two civilians — Kalasho Devi, 40, and Pritam Chand 45, both residents of Mawa village in Samba district were injured due to Pakistan shelling, the officer added.

“The station house officer (SHO) of the area took the injured in a bullet proof vehicle to Samba district hospital where the doctors referred Kalasho Devi to Government Medical College Hospital, Jammu.

“Pakistan army also resorted to indiscriminate shelling and firing in Bobian village on the international border in Kathua district,” the police officer said.

“Pakistan shelling started at 11:30 PM on Saturday and continued till 2:30 AM today (Sunday). Details of any casualty or damage to life and property are awaited,” the officer said.

One civilian was killed and four injured in unprovoked Pakistani firing on the international border in Samba district of Jammu region since Friday (October 23).

Many milch animals were also killed and wounded due to Pakistani shelling.

(IANS)

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Mother Convicted of Forcing Daughter to Marry

A British court has convicted a mother of forcing her daughter to marry a relative almost twice her age in Pakistan, in a first successful prosecution of its type in England.

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A British court has convicted a mother of forcing her daughter to marry a relative almost twice her age in Pakistan, in a first successful prosecution of its type in England.

A jury at Birmingham Crown Court on Tuesday convicted the mother of four of duping her then 17-year-old daughter into travelling to Pakistan on the pretext of a family holiday in 2016 and forcing her to marry there, the BBC reported.

The mother was found guilty of two counts of forced marriage and was scheduled to be sentenced.

The court heard the girl had been entered into a “marriage contract” with the man years before in Pakistan and became pregnant at 13. The victim had an abortion on returning to the UK, with her doctor reporting his concerns to social services.

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Prosecutors said the girl’s mother told them that her daughter and the man were just “two teenagers who had sneakily had sex” after she was referred, the BBC said.

The girl was tricked into travelling to Pakistan again in September 2016 and was forced by her mother to sign marriage papers.

When the daughter protested against the marriage, her mother threatened to burn her passport and assaulted her.

The mother was also convicted of perjury after she lied about the incident in the High Court.

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It is the first time a forced marriage case of this kind has been successfully prosecuted in an English court. Prosecutions for forced marriage, which became an offense in 2014, are rare. (IANS)

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