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Pakistani lawmakers had to withdraw a bill aimed at curbing the practice of child marriage after a prominent religious body declared the legislation un-Islamic.

The bill, which proposed raising the marriage age for females from 16 to 18, also called for harsher penalties for those who would arrange marriages involving children. Despite the laws in place, child marriages, particularly involving young female brides, are common in parts of the country. It's estimated that some 20 percent of girls in the country are married before they turn 18.

But the Council of Islamic Ideology, a constitutional body which gives advice to parliament on the compatibility of laws with Sharia, appeared to slap down the legislation after deeming it "un-Islamic" and "blasphemous," according to Agence France Presse. It had already handed down a similar ruling in 2014.

The council has garnered opprobrium in the past. In 2013, reports AFP, "it suggested making DNA inadmissible evidence in rape cases, instead calling for the revival of an Islamic law that makes it mandatory for a survivor to provide four witnesses to back their claims."

Girls Not Brides, an international coalition of civil society organizations working against child marriage, cited this religious body as an obstacle toward reform. A number of provinces in Pakistan have pushed for legislation cracking down on child marriages, but implementing the law is more difficult.

Clerics on the council object to minimum age requirements, arguing instead that an individual can marry once reaching puberty, which can be as early as the age of 9.


https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/01/15/bill-banning-child-marriage-fails-in-pakistan-after-its-deemed-un-islamic/?tid=sm_fb


Clerics on the council object to minimum age requirements, arguing instead that an individual can marry once reaching puberty, which can be as early as the age of 9.


I'm guessing they just wanna follow in the footsteps of their "prophet".
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lmao.. you really are uneducated. The Child Marriage Restraint Act of 1929 actually prohibits girls under 16 to get married.
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Pakistani lawmakers had to withdraw a bill aimed at curbing the practice of child marriage after a prominent religious body declared the legislation un-Islamic.

The bill, which proposed raising the marriage age for females from 16 to 18, also called for harsher penalties for those who would arrange marriages involving children. Despite the laws in place, child marriages, particularly involving young female brides, are common in parts of the country. It's estimated that some 20 percent of girls in the country are married before they turn 18.

But the Council of Islamic Ideology, a constitutional body which gives advice to parliament on the compatibility of laws with Sharia, appeared to slap down the legislation after deeming it "un-Islamic" and "blasphemous," according to Agence France Presse. It had already handed down a similar ruling in 2014.

The council has garnered opprobrium in the past. In 2013, reports AFP, "it suggested making DNA inadmissible evidence in rape cases, instead calling for the revival of an Islamic law that makes it mandatory for a survivor to provide four witnesses to back their claims."

Girls Not Brides, an international coalition of civil society organizations working against child marriage, cited this religious body as an obstacle toward reform. A number of provinces in Pakistan have pushed for legislation cracking down on child marriages, but implementing the law is more difficult.

Clerics on the council object to minimum age requirements, arguing instead that an individual can marry once reaching puberty, which can be as early as the age of 9.


https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/01/15/bill-banning-child-marriage-fails-in-pakistan-after-its-deemed-un-islamic/?tid=sm_fb


Clerics on the council object to minimum age requirements, arguing instead that an individual can marry once reaching puberty, which can be as early as the age of 9.


I'm guessing they just wanna follow in the footsteps of their pedophile "prophet".


http://www.breakthrough.tv/earlymarriage/the-law-pcma/ oh yeah sorry actually PCMA replaced it and now prohibits girls under 18
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I doubt they'd actually follow that, though.

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I doubt they'd actually follow that, though.



well you can get 2 years in jail and pay 1 lakh (100,000 PKR); which i, personally, would not want lmao
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D4nc3Style wrote:



I doubt they'd actually follow that, though.



well you can get 2 years in jail and pay 1 lakh (100,000 PKR); which i, personally, would not want lmao


Isn't that almost $1,000,000 in USD?

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ayesharocks wrote:


D4nc3Style wrote:



I doubt they'd actually follow that, though.



well you can get 2 years in jail and pay 1 lakh (100,000 PKR); which i, personally, would not want lmao


Isn't that almost $1,000,000 in USD?



that's almost $1,000. they have a really bad economy there so their paper here is basically worthless
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I literally just read about this earlier today
Child marriages should be banned everywhere
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such is what happens when you live in a theocracy. Perfectly reasonable laws get overturned because the religion does not approve of them. It is always funny to read these kinds of articles and then watch people react. I mean are people really that surprised? We all know that most countries in that part of the world are theocracies. Yet we get all butt-hurt when they do something stupid like this.

Even better is how so few people can see how Christians do the same thing to Americans all the time. Yet because they are Christian no one seems to care. I mean it is never okay, and yet it happens all the time here. The only difference is that the church has no pull in how laws are actually made or handled here. We have enough smart people figure out how to keep the religion far outisde.

Still it is kind of a sad day for the world. I mean yeah here in the united states of amercia you can get married at 16 with parental consent. However, that is not something we think about. I guess the only thing that makes this article a step back for humanity is how the clergy wants the legal age of consent for marriage to be 9. Even back in the old days people thought that was wrong.
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Culture ≠ Religion


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Still it is kind of a sad day for the world. I mean yeah here in the united states of amercia you can get married at 16 with parental consent. .


12 in Massachusetts! ( For girls only of course ). Hell, in Georgia if you're pregnant you don't even need the parental consent part ( an alarming number of states have a "knocked up" clause ). Many states don't even actually have a minimum. You just require judicial and/or parental approval.

Sooo, yeah. Glass houses, etc.
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Age of adulthood is rather flexible. I think people are technically adults once they get past puberty. But, really? 9 years old? That's the very beginning of puberty if puberty has even started at all. What kind of arguments are these clerics making? Puberty doesn't start and finish overnight.
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