Parents who do not marry off children by the age of 18 will be legally fined by the Pakistani politician

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Parents who do not marry off their children at the age of 18 will be fined by the Pakistani politician

  • Politician Syed Abdul Rasheed today proposed a new law at the Sindh Assembly
  • The bill would make marriage mandatory for people of 18 years old and impose fines
  • Parents not marrying off their children by age 18 will be fined Rs 500 ($ 6.88)
  • The Sindh Mandatory Marriage Act 2021 has been proposed at the Sindh Assembly
  • Rasheed claimed that the law would control the ‘rise’ of ‘immoral activities and crime’

A Pakistani politician today introduced a bill to make marriage mandatory for people aged 18 and to impose fines on parents who disobey.

Syed Abdul Rasheed, a candidate of the far-right political alliance Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) – translated as ‘United Council of Action’, proposed the ordinance at the Sindh Provincial Assembly on Wednesday.

The bill, dubbed The Sindh Compulsory Marriage Act, 2021, recommends fines of Rs 500 ($ 6.88) for parents who do not marry off their children by the age of 18, according to Dawn.

Politician Syed Abdul Rasheed today introduced a bill that would make marriage mandatory for people aged 18 (stock photo)

Politician Syed Abdul Rasheed today introduced a bill that would make marriage mandatory for people aged 18 (stock photo)

If a marriage is postponed beyond this age, parents will be forced to give a ‘justified reason for delay’ to the Deputy district commissioner under the proposed law.

The bill also says that parents must deposit any fines into the official account of the deputy commissioner’s office. ProPakistani reported.

In the southeastern province of Sindh, the Sindh Child Marriage Restraint Act was passed in 2014 to ban and criminalize marriages for boys or girls before the age of 18.

Rasheed explained his reasoning behind the bill: ‘I believe that after 18 years, if there is a reason [for not marrying], parents must submit an affidavit along with a commitment of the time the person would be married off. ‘

In a video shared after the bill was introduced, Rasheed allegedly claimed that the law would control the ‘rise’ of ‘social ills, child rapes, immoral activities and crime’.

He added: ‘According to the Shariat of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and Islamic teachings, Muslim men and women have been granted the right to marry after reaching puberty or after 18 years of age and fulfilling this is their responsibility. guardians, especially their parents. ‘

The bill, called The Sindh Compulsory Marriage Act, 2021, recommends fines of Rs 500 ($ 6.88) for parents who do not marry off their children by the age of 18 (stock image)

The bill, called The Sindh Compulsory Marriage Act, 2021, recommends fines of Rs 500 ($ 6.88) for parents who do not marry off their children by the age of 18 (stock image)

Rasheed also claimed that “distance from Islamic teachings” had created “obstacles” to the prevention of marriages, including unemployment and high costs.

The politician, who has been a member of the Sindh Assembly since August 2018, also called on the government to ban dowry, which he claimed would make the marriage process easier.

Rasheed, who represents a political alliance of far-right, conservative, religious and Islamic parties, said he hoped all members of the Sindh Assembly would pass the law for the “ happiness and facilitation of positive paths ” for the province’s youth. .

The bill would have received the approval of several members of the Sindh Assembly, according to ProPakistani.

But other members of the Provincial Assembly said it The same that the bill is unlikely to pass, citing the impracticality of disregarding the couple’s financial stability.

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