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Sindh Child Marriages Restraint Act 2013: SWD asked to speed up efforts

The Sindh Chief Secretary, Muhammad Siddique Memon, has asked the Social Welfare Department to speed up efforts regarding the Sindh Child Marriages Restraint Act (SCMRA) 2013.

A statement here on Sunday said that he held meeting with the secretaries of Social Welfare Department (SWD) and Women Development Department (WDD).

It said that Memon asked the Secretary of SWD to speed up the strategies/efforts in respect of the Sindh Child Marriages Restraint Act 2013, that the Bill thereby was forward by the WDD, Government of Sindh, in consultation with women parliamentarians, Line Department, NGOs, religious scholars, media and civil society, to enhance the marriage age of girls from 16 to 18 years.

Siddique Memon asked the all Departments of Sindh Government to co-ordinate with Social Welfare Department to this cause as SCMRA-2013 would be a protective umbrella for our girls and allow our children to live a complete life without discrimination and inequality, while under the Act, whoever performs, conducts, directs brings about or in any way facilitate any child marriage shall be punished with rigorous punishment which may extend to 03 years but shall not be less than 02 years, in addition to liability of fine.

Copyright Associated Press of Pakistan, 2015


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