Pakistan proposes total ban on child marriage and forced marriages in

Pakistan proposes total ban on child marriage and forced marriages in

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The Pakistani parliament approved Tuesday a ban on forced marriages and child marriage among minority groups well. In addition, the penalties for offenders higher.

Such a ban was already in for the majority of the Pakistani population.

Offenders may now be a prison sentence of at least five years and up to ten years and fines of up to 1 million rupees (about 9,000 euro) expect.

“The penalties are made more rigorous to the social problems that are caused by the lower penalties and fines, complete eradication,” said the Pakistani justice – and mensenrechtenminister Zahid Hamid on Tuesday.


An estimated one in five women in Pakistan is forced marriage, or is a minor at the time of marriage. In some rural areas and marriage, 58 percent of the girls on minor the age of, say local interest groups. The Pakistani government wants those numbers to reduce.

The interest group Society for the Protection of children’s Rights and finds that the new legislation does not go far enough. President Humera Malik says it is worrisome to find that the government does not heed to the call to the minimum trouwleeftijd for women to increase to 18 years of age, as for men is the case. That is now 16 years old.

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