A Bill Raising The Age For Marriage To 18 Years For Women Was Approved And It's A Great Start To 2019

By Haddiqua Siddiqui | 31 Jan, 2019

Previously, according to the Child Marriage Restraint (Amendment) Bill, 2018, the legal age for marriage in Pakistan for women was 16, while it was 18 for men. The Bill was introduced by Senator Sherry Rehman of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) to address the differences in marriageable ages among provinces.

Yesterday, the Senate’s Functional Committee on Human Rights unanimously agreed to amend the Bill such that it raised the marriageable age to 18 for men and women.

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The age for marriage all over the world is 18 years because people under that age are considered children, making the definition of ‘child’ unclear in the Bill. Since people who are 18 or above are considered adults, it makes sense for the marriageable age to be set as such, too.

Though the Bill had previously faced backlash, the Human Rights Minister, Shireen Mazari, stated that the current government supported it fully. As soon as the Bill got approved, people took to Twitter to express how they felt about it.

People shared their support for the Bill.

Truly, it is a big deal and a source of relief that the minimum age has been raised. With this, we can hope that child marriages will become more and more scarce.

Some people wanted to draw the attention to other matters as well.

This person thought that it was the lack of education in society that leads to practices like child marriage being widespread.

There is definitely a huge gap when it comes to educating people about why child marriages are wrong. A lack of basic education can cause people to be ignorant towards such matters, and the responsibility to spread this awareness falls upon the shoulders of the nation and the people in it.

People were generally happy that the Bill was passed.

People appreciated the much-needed step for the country.

While it is true that other factors cause complications as well and have to be addressed, this Bill is monumental, for the curse of child marriages has ruined many lives.

What do you guys think of the step? Let us know in the comments below.

 

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