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Bill raising minimum age of marriage to 18 approved by senate body

Islamabad: The Senate Standing Committee for Human Rights approved the Child Marriage Restraint (Amendment) Bill 2018 on Wednesday.

The Senate had sent the bill tabled by Senator Sherry Rehman to the concerned committee for further review and recommendations.

Senator Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar led the standing committee session and the bill was discussed.

Senator Sherry Rehman, who is the Leader of Opposition in the upper house, expressed that the recommend bill is aimed at preventing underage marriages, the bill was also passed in Sindh Assembly earlier, she said.

“Childhood marriages are the cause of 21 percent deaths in children, Sherry Rehman said. Pakistan is second from top in the countries where child marriages are rampant,” she expressed.

She demanded that marriages under the age of 18 must be banned.

Federal Minister for Human Rights Dr. Shireen Mazari expressed, “We have no objection over the bill.”

Chairman of the committee Senator Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar said, “the committee approves the bill”.


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