Drive against early marriages launched

'Lack of education is also one of the major contributing factors in the early marriage of children in Pakistan'


APP November 19, 2022
Child marriage. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD:

The National Commission on the Rights of Child (NCRC) has started an awareness campaign against early child marriages through social media.

An official said that the purpose of the campaign was to highlight Pakistan's national and International commitments as well various gaps in the prevailing laws. She added that Pakistan is over legislated in terms of legislation but there are many hurdles in implementation and the government is working at addressing overcoming systematic and societal challenges.

She added that the lack of education is also one of the major contributing factors in the early marriage of children in Pakistan. The child marriage in Pakistan is about 6th highest in the world for girls married before age of 18, and 71 percent of girls in family do not have any say in who and when they will marry, she added.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 19th, 2022.

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