New Law: Marrying before 18 years of age now a crime in Sindh

Underage Marriage

KARACHI – The Sindh Assembly has completely turned down the  Council of Islamic Ideology (CII)’s suggestion regarding minor child marriage and legally termed the marriage of every under-18-year-old as illegal and punishable act.

Sindh Assembly has adopted a legislation on Monday whose understatement was to bring justice to those involved in under-age-marriages.

The new law set the minimum age for marriage in Sindh as of 18 years.

Not to forget that CII had earlier recommended that: First, it’s not necessary for a husband to seek permission from first wife to get married for the second time according to Islamic teachings. Second, Islam does not bar the marriage of an under adolescent age girl child.

This controversial recommendations raised a huge debate among political parties and civil society of Pakistan.

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), however, surpass all and issued a formal statement after party’s core committee meeting in which they denounced the controversial statement.

But it was the SindAssembly who went as far as passing a joint resolution against CII and demanded its dissolution for being anti-women.

Criticizing the resolution of Sindh Assembly, the head of JUI-F Maulana Fazlur Rehman termed the whole lot of lawmakers as antagonists of Ideology of Pakistan.

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Hissan Khan is currently working as the Editorial Head of Pakistan Tribe's Islamabad Office. Having work as current affairs host, news analyst and C4D expert, Hissan holds a good command over communication and development strategies.

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