PPP's Sherry Rehman says 21% Pakistanis marry before turning 18
The Senate on Monday approved the Child Marriage Restraint (Amendment) Bill, 2018.
It proposes that the legal minimum age of marriage in the country be set at 18.
The bill was presented by PPP Senator Sherry Rehman, who told the House that according to a report by the United Nations Children’s Fund, around 21% Pakistanis got married before turning 18.
“Every 20 minutes, a Pakistani woman dies from childbirth or complications in pregnancy. This is largely attributable to a large number of women, especially under-age girls, having little power or agency over their bodies,” she said.
Rehman said Muslim countries, including Oman, Turkey and United Arab Emirates have already set 18 as the minimum age of entering marriage, Dawn reported.
She tweeted that the vote on the bill was met with loud opposition by the Jamaat-e-Islami, Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl and PTI. However, the bill passed all phases and “defeated” the opposition.