Member of National Assembly Maulana Salahuddin Ayubi got married to a 14-year-old Chitrali girl.
The minor girl belongs to the Daroosh area of Chitral, and her family was currently out of the district, sources said.
In an application, Anjuman Dawat-o-Azeemat has requested the police to conduct an inquiry into whether the girl had attained the marriageable age. And if not, take action against all those responsible under the Prevention of Child Marriage Act.
The girl was a student of Government Girls High School, Jughoor. As per records her date of birth is Oct 28, 2006, which showed that she had not attained the age of marriage, Dawn reports
What does the police say?
As per the details, the Police say that they were investigating the matter at the request of an NGO working for the welfare of women in Chitral. Moreover, Nikah of the girl was solemnized out of Chitral and the matter was under investigation. Additional SHO Rehmat Ali said:
“We have started an investigation into this case”.
MNA Salahuddin Ayubi was elected to National Assembly from constituency NA-263 (Kila Abdullah) as a leader of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F).
Tahafuz-e-Haqooq-e-Chitral Chairman Pir Mukhtar Nabi said that:
They were consulting lawyers on this matter and announced to file a writ petition before the court of competent jurisdiction against the MNA.
Lower Chitral DPO Sonia Shimroz Khan said that the father of the girl had agreed in writing that he would not do that and would ask the local police before a “proper marriage ceremony”.
The Child Marriage Restraint Act 1929
The Child Marriage Restraint Act 1929 (No XIX) probit child marriage in Pakistan. Under the Act, the minimum age for marriage was 18 years for a male and 16 years for a female.
The Act, after being amended by the 1961 Ordinance, states that:
Whoever being a male above 18 years of age, contracts a marriage with a girl child of less than 16 years, shall be punishable with simple imprisonment. Subsequently, extending up to one month, or with a fine extending up to Rs 1000, or with both.
Consequences of Child Marriage
The trend of child marriages has been a major cause of girls’ illiteracy or lower level of education. It can also damage the girls physical, mental, and social health leading to serious health issues in the future. That includes Prenatal, neonatal, and maternal health problems.
Child marriages in Pakistan are a serious issue and one that needs to be seriously dealt with. Although fines and punishments exist, laws on child marriage have little impact as they are not well enforced.
This is not the first case of child marriage in Pakistan. Not only this is common in tribal areas but the educated people are also busy committing this crime. Last year, a renowned Pakistani car and motorcycle stuntman Sultan Mohammad Golden of age 60 landed in hot water after he illegitimately married a 12-year-old minor.
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