Ms. Jahanara M Wattoo, a provincial leader of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and head of PPP social media wing Punjab has lauded the Sindh Child Marriage Restraint Act 2013 describing it a “ great achievement”. She said bill would bring betterment in women’s life and eventually empower them.
She appreciated and congratulated the Sindh Assembly, Sindh Minister for Culture Sharmila Farooqi as well as provincial minister Rubina Saadat Qaimkhani, who presented the bill assembly last year and especially Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, who was keenly involved in the whole process and very sensitive about women related legislation.
“It was a remarkable achievement and a historic day in Pakistan’s democratic history,” Ms. Jahanara M Wattoo said in a statement issued here from the PPP Punjab social media’s office.
“Pro women legislation are a clear manifestation of the priority of the Pakistan people’s Party under Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari”, she said.
Earlier in Punjab, Ms. Jahanara M Wattoo has launched a signature campaign and started an online petition on the instruction of Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari against the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII)’s recent legal advice to the legislature regarding the removal of the law banning underage marriage as well as the law regarding the second marriage of a man with the permission of his first wife. The PPP Punjab has also appealed to the various civil society groups, women’s organizations, media and human rights groups to join the campaign.
And now the Sindh Assembly is the first assembly in the country to pass a bill of this kind.
The Sindh Child Marriage Restraint Act 2013 was passed in the provincial assembly on Monday, declaring marriage below the age of 18 punishable by law.
According to the new bill, in cases of underage marriage the parents, bride and groom can all be sentenced to three years in prison and can be fined with Rs 45,000.