18 years minimum age fixed for marriage as Senate committee approves draft bill

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ISLAMABAD (ENN) The Senate Committee on Human Rights here on Wednesday approved a draft bill raising the minimum age of marriage to 18 years.

Senator Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar chaired a meeting of the Senate Committee on Human Rights during which the draft bill raising the minimum age of marriage to 18 years was approved.

During the session, Senator Usman Kakar said that early marriages are one of the leading causes of child deaths. “If the minimum age to acquire a National Identity Card (NIC) is 18 years then, the minimum age for marriage should also be the same,” he said.

The minimum age of marriage for both girls and boys should be 18 years and the law should be approved by the Parliament, Senator Kakar added.

At this, Human Rights Minister Shireen Mazari said, “The government has no objection in determining 18 years as the minimum age of marriage.”

The draft bill will be presented before Parliament next month and will also be forwarded to the federal cabinet for approval, Mazari said.

Moreover Sindh was the first province which fixed minimum age 18 years for marriage in 2013.

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