ISLAMABAD: The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) stated on Friday any laws to ban baby marriage would result in problems, suggesting to the federal government to as a substitute launch an consciousness campaign to discourage the development of early marriages.
The CII gave its inputs on two payments, one permitted by the Senate that fixes the age restrict for marriage of a woman at 18 years, whereas one other invoice which stays pending within the National Assembly. The panel urged the federal government to deal with the causes, which result in the wedding of under-aged women.
“The higher strategy to deal with the apply of kid marriage is to begin an consciousness campaign among the many plenty as a substitute of passing laws,” the CII stated. “Legislating in opposition to baby marriage and setting the age restrict will result in many problems,” it added.
The CII deliberated on the matter in its 212th assembly, held in September final 12 months. Through the dialogue on a invoice, which was initially moved by then senator Seher Kamran, the CII’s analysis division introduced a 10-page detailed report.
The report detailed age limits for marriage in 12 Muslim countries, together with the opinion of main Islamic students for and in opposition to setting the age restrict. After a three-hour debate, the session agreed with [the late] Mufti Muhammad Shafi that the development of under-age marriage shouldn’t be inspired.
The CII agreed that under-age marriages create issues. It concluded that “laws on this matter would additionally result in many problems. It urged the federal government to provoke an consciousness campaign with the assist of spiritual students to curb this development. It additionally referred to as on the federal government to take stable steps to eradicate the causes, which compelled some households to marry minor women.
The CII is an official panel of students, whose perform is to advise parliament on whether or not legal guidelines are in consonance with Islamic injunctions. The assertion on Friday got here days after the Senate handed the Little one Marriage Restraint (Modification) Invoice, 2018.
The invoice, which proposes that the minimal age for marriage be set at 18 was handed amid noisy opposition from spiritual events and a few members of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI). A number of the opposing senators had argued that the invoice must be despatched to CII earlier than being tabled in the home.
The same invoice was additionally tabled within the National Assembly by a PTI lawmaker a day after the Senate handed the anti-child marriage bill. The invoice within the National Assembly additionally confronted sturdy opposition from members of the ruling party.