The Sindh Child Marriage Restraint Act makes it illegal in Pakistan’s Sindh Province to marry children younger than eighteen.
The girl was liberated from her kidnapper, and given back to her family, three weeks after being kidnapped.
Maria's family could do nothing when their daughter was forced to confess in court that she had converted to the Muslim faith.
Although most government officials do not support Islamic child marriage, they are often bullied by radical Muslim groups.
A 13-year-old Christian girl, Arzoo Raja, was kidnapped from her home, forced to marry her abductor and convert to Islam.
The trials of Maria Shahbaz continue. She fled Nakash’s home, where family sources say she was forced into prostitution.
Forced conversions to Islam and forced marriages remain a prominent issue in Pakistan under Sharia law.
The kidnapping took place on July 22, but the girl's family was only able to file a complaint now, a month later.
The Christian girl was fourteen years old in 2015 at the time of her abduction.