The illicit practice of usury has trapped a middle-income family in Rawalpindi with a loan shark demanding a man give his daughter in marriage to pay off his debt. The case has landed in court with a civil judge restraining the loansharks from harassing families who are unable to repay their debts.
Driven by financial emergencies, three families told a civil court that they were being harassed by the loan sharks who are threatening to either hand over their houses or give their young daughters in marriage if they are unable to repay the principal or the interests accrued on their loans.
What action has the court taken till now?
The suspects were barred from knocking on the doors of the downtrodden debtors who were unable to pay the monthly interest instalments, some of which have reportedly exceeded the capital borrowed.