Child Marriage Bill to be tabled soon: minister

September 12, 2013 Off By Web Desk

Karachi: Provincial Minister for Women Development, Special Education and Social Welfare, Rubina Saadat Qaimkhani, on Thursday said that Child Marriage Bill was about to complete and would soon be tabled in Sindh Assembly for legislation so as to stop child marriages.

She expressed these views while talking to media during her visit to Karachi Press Club. The senior governing body members of Karachi Press Club KPC were also present on this occasion. She said that a consultative session with the civil society, media and Ulema is underway after which the bill would be tabled in the assembly.

She informed that 18year maximum age limit had been proposed in the bill for both bride and groom for marriage and strict law would also be introduced to stop early marriages in the province. She said violators of law would be sentenced with one year imprisonment with a huge fine.

Rubina said the provincial government was also planning to establish Women Complaint Centers at every district of Sindh and good news about that project would soon be heard. She said all the three departments of her ministry would be equipped with latest technology with coordination of provincial government and foreign donors.

She said that two percent quota of jobs for disable people would be implemented with letter and spirit in Women Development. The minister said that she was working hard to meet people expectation.

To a question about deteriorated law and order situation of the city, she said police should be equipped with modern technology in order control crime in the city and also restore peace in the metropolis. She said Sindh Child Protection Bill had already been passed in the province and soon it would be implemented.

She said media is important tool to highlight issues and problems faced by the society, therefore, the awareness about special education and early marriages is necessary. She also announced Rs3 lakh for Karachi Press Club on the behalf of her ministry.