Pakistan throws out ‘un-Islamic’ minimum marriage age proposal

Latest news

    Pakistan’s Senate has struck down legislation governing the minimum age girls can marry, saying a Bill to increase the legal age from 16 to 18 was un-Islamic.

    The Child Marriage Restraint Bill was rejected after Senator Sehar Kamran, the lawmaker driving the proposal, had her request for a deferment denied on the grounds that she would not be present.

    READ MORE: India closes marriage loophole which enabled sex with child brides

    The chairman of the Senate Standing Committee, Rehman Malik, cited advice from religious scholars as reasons why he thought the committee should reject the Bill.

    “I have also discussed it with religious scholars and they also believe that girls can be married before the age of 18 according to Islam, so these kinds of bills cannot be passed,” he said in the Senate Wednesday.

    However, in a statement posted to Twitter following the vote, a spokesperson for Malik said the committee plans to reconsider the Bill and would seek further advice from “representatives of NGOs on Human Rights and Women’s Rights and renowned scholars of the country.”

    Malik responded to criticism over his comments by saying that the matter “belongs to religious affairs.”

    Speaking to Pakistani news site Dawn following the decision, Senator Kamran hit out at the delay and suggested that, in the same way as Pakistani citizens are not allowed to drive or vote before the age of 18, they should also not be permitted to marry.

    “If the government thinks 16-year-old girls are adults, they should also be issued driving licenses and allowed to cast votes,” Senator Kamran said.

    READ MORE: Assisting US in Afghanistan was wrong choice – Pakistani FM to RT

    Posting a copy of the Bill online prior to the vote Wednesday, the mission statement outlined the pressure on child brides to bear children.

    “In developing countries, the leading cause of death for young girls between the age of 15 and 18 is early pregnancy,” the Bill read, adding that the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child suggests the minimum age for marriage should be 18.

    According to Girls Not Brides, an organization campaigning to end child marriage, Pakistan’s National Assembly has rejected draft of the Child Marriage Restraint Act in the past, most recently in May this year.

    The government has introduced other measures to curb the trend in a country in which 21 percent of girls are married before the age of 18, according to UNICEF.

    View the original article: https://www.rt.com/news/406534-child-brides-age-pakistan-law/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

    In February this year, Pakistan’s Parliament sought to toughen the punishment for child marriage by introducing a mandatory five-year prison sentence and a fine of up to one million rupees ($10,000) for those caught marrying any girl under the age of 16.

    In the same category are

    ‘I’ll face Barthelemy-Relikh winner for WBA title’ – Former world champion Troyanovsky Former IBF light welterweight champion Eduard Troyanovsky has confirmed to RT Sport he is expecting to fight the winner of the WBA title fight between...
    Putin thanks Su-30 jet pilots for ‘covering’ his plane during Syria visit (VIDEO) Published time: 14 Dec, 2017 13:00 Vladimir Putin has told reporters at his annual Q&A session how security for his recent visit to Syria was prov...
    Sexism, segregation, squalor: Religious schools are undermining British values, says regulator More and more religious schools are failing to meet the government’s minimum requirements, according to the UK education watchdog. Some students are b...
    ISIS threatens attacks on US soil over Trump’s Jerusalem decision Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) has threatened attacks in the United States in retaliation for Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem a...
    N. Korea: Trump taking dangerous step to nuclear war by seeking naval blockade Published time: 14 Dec, 2017 13:29Edited time: 14 Dec, 2017 13:37 US President Donald Trump is taking an "extremely dangerous" and "big step" towards ...
    Surgeon admits burning his initials on patients’ organs Published time: 14 Dec, 2017 03:24 A surgeon who left his initials on his patients’ livers has pled guilty to two charges of assault by beating.Simo...

    Comment on this story