Child Marriage Restraint Amendment bill to open new era for women development: Chairperson

ISLAMABAD, May 6 (APP):Chairperson, National Commission on the Status of Women, Khawar Mumtaz here on Monday welcomed passing of the Child Marriage Restraint Amendment Bill,1929, and termed it will open a new era of development for women in the country.

The Child Marriage Restraint Amendment Bill, 1929 meant to set the minimum age to be able to marry as 18 years.

Women welcomed the Child Marriage Restraint Amendment Bill which was passed by the Senate and was moved by Senator Sherry Rehman in the Senate.

The enactment of this bill would greatly help to address the complications and problems relating to early age marriage issue.
Pakistan Peoples Party’s Central Secretary Information Dr Nafeesa Shah said that strong legislation was made on most of the issues relating to protection and empowerment of women which is very positive step.

She stressed that with effective implementation of these laws we can address the major issues and hurdles faced by women and we can effectively fulfill our international commitments.

Chairperson, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan(HRCP), Nasreen Azhar said the provision about age limit for men and women for marriage was declared as18 and 16 respectively according to the constitution.

He said due to early marriages women were not able to play their effective role in the development of the country added she said during last ten years major changes in the laws have been made for the protection and empowerment of women.