Police stop marriage of minors in Khanewal; arrest fathers of underage ‘groom, bride’ – Pakistan

Khanewal police on Wednesday arrested the marriage of a 15-year-old girl with a 14-year-old boy and arrested the parents of the two children.

A case was registered at the Nawan Shaher police station in Kabirwala, Khanewal, and legal proceedings were initiated. According to the First Information Report (FIR), the case was registered under Section 6 (1) of the Child Marriage Restraint Act (CMRA) of 1929. In March 2015, the Punjab government enacted the Law on restriction of child marriage (Amendment), 2015, but Instead of repealing the CMRA of 1929, it introduced several amendments to the law.

According to the locals in the area, the children were married by force.

Police said they received reports from intelligence agencies that the marriage between the two minors was underway. They raided the place where the wedding ceremony was held and by order of the Umer Saeed Malik district police officer, the rukhsathi of the girl was arrested. They arrested the parents of the two children, who are brothers.

the Nikah Khwan (marriage officiant), however, escaped. Police say they are searching for his arrest.

In April, the Senate approved the draft law on the restriction of child marriage (amendment) of 2018, which proposed that the legal minimum age for marriage in the country be set at 18. A day later, similar legislation was introduced in the National Assembly, but only after an intense discussion that exposed cracks in several parts on the subject.

Source: https://www.dawn.com/news/1502176/police-stop-marriage-of-minors-in-khanewal-arrest-fathers-of-underage-groom-bride


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