Published On: Sat, May 4th, 2019
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CII for public awareness on child marriage bill

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Islamabad : The Council of Islamic Ideology in its remarks on child marriage bill under discussion in the parliament has said that the members of the council are of the opinion that many complications would emerge due to legislation on fixation of 18 years age for marriage and hence recommended that instead of legislation an awareness campaign would be a more effective strategy for this purpose.

The Council has held lengthy discussions on this issue in a number of meetings. Ex-Senator Sehar Kamran had presented the bill initially which came under discussion in the Council’s 212th meeting held on 26th-27th September, 2018. In this meeting, the Research Department of the Council had presented a 10-page comprehensive report in which not only the details regarding age of marriage in 12 Muslim countries were mentioned but also the arguments of Islamic scholars in favor or against fixing age of marriage were provided. The apex body of the Council after a three-hour discussion constructed its recommendation basing it on the opinion of the Grand Mufti of Pakistan, the late Maulana Mufti Mohammad Shafi , who was father of Maulana Mohammad Taqi Usmani that child marriages should be discouraged as it is fraught with multiple problems.

The Council recommended that the government should initiate a campaign of creating awareness with the help of Islamic scholars in order to discourage child marriages.

Members of the Council stressed that government should take concrete steps to eliminate causes of the trend of child marriages in certain areas of the Country

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