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Laws in Pakistan against child marriages are few, but they are present.

Laws against Child marriage in Pakistan are:

  • Child Marriage Restraint Act, 1929

    Child Marriage Restraint Act, 1929 is enforced in three provinces.

  • Child Marriage Restraint Act, 2013

    Child Marriage Restraint Act, 2013 recently passed in Sindh province by the Assembly.
    Read more at: http://www.lawdepartment.gos.pk/setup/NewsDocuments/NID-000153.pdf

  • Pakistan Penal Code

    Forced marriage of a female is an offence. Under section 498 B of the Pakistan Penal Code, coercion, compelling a female to enter into marriage is an offence punishable with imprisonment from three to seven years and fine of rupees, five hundred thousand. If a female child is put into such a situation, this law may come into application. Provisions in the Penal Code related to kidnapping, abduction of a female can be pressed if a female under the age of marriage is put into marriage after kidnapping etc. These provisions can be put into category of ancillary laws.

  • Child Marriage Restraint Act 2014

    The recently passed Sindh- Child Marriage Restraint Act 2014 is awaiting rules for implementation.

  • Article 25 A of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan

    In Pakistan and elsewhere, right to education can be one of the best preventive fundamental right against child marriages.

    Article 25 A of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan states that:

    “The state shall provide free and compulsory education To ALL children of the age of five to sixteen years in such a manner as may be determined by law”

    The status of the legislation in Pakistan on Article 25 A or Right to Education in provinces can be viewed at: http://rtepakistan.org

    Gender and Justice laws can be viewed at: http://www.supremecourt.gov.pk/ijc/articles/11/1.pdf