Nawaz Sharif accords tacit approval to CII recommendation on underage marriage

Published: March 13, 2014
Nawaz Sharif gives tacit approval to lifting ban on underage marriage. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

Nawaz Sharif gives tacit approval to lifting ban on underage marriage. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has reportedly given his tacit approval for the removal of the law banning underage marriage as well as the law regarding the second marriage of a man with the permission of his first wife, India Today reported on Thursday.

The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII), the top constitutional body responsible for giving legal advice to the legislature on Islamic issues, said that Islam does not prohibit underage marriage (Nikkah), but that the consummation of marriage is allowed only when both the husband and wife reach puberty.

The decree came at the end of a two-day meeting of the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) on March 11, 2014.

The council also suggested removal of a clause in the Child Marriages Restriction Act 1929 that prohibits a child from going against the will of his/her father and maternal grandfather, who have arranged an underage marriage for him/her.

The CII members believe that the modern-day children are comparatively more aware and mature to take a decision about their marital life, therefore the 1929 marriage laws need to be amended and the specific clause relaxed, the source said.

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  • Nadir
    Mar 13, 2014 - 11:51PM

    Saudi $s already paying off.


  • ivehadit
    Mar 14, 2014 - 12:18AM

    According to the CII, modern day children are more aware and mature, so the 1929 law on protection can be waived!

    The Mullahs sexual fantasies know no end. What will they ask for next?


  • optimist
    Mar 14, 2014 - 12:26AM

    We should verify before blaming him. It is from an Indian source.


  • SK
    Mar 14, 2014 - 1:29AM

    Mr PM none of the CII two recommendations is such that the survival of this nation hinges upon. Liberalizing polygamy would create disharmony and unequity in the society between sexes and reducing the marriage age would render the weaker sex for exploitation, abuse and impede equal life opportunity. It would have been better had CII recommended an implementation of shariah laws against crimes. This is more a pressing than men rights and age of marriage.


  • yasir
    Mar 14, 2014 - 2:53AM

    Why tribune, a Pakistani paper, with it’s offices in Pakistan has to rely on news source from across the border?. Something fishy here along with the news of mistreatment of Baloch students in Islamabad. Even a child can conjecture what is happening. I hope this gets posted.


  • amaar
    Mar 14, 2014 - 4:41AM

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  • Najeeb
    Mar 14, 2014 - 9:21AM

    Next recommendation to be approved will be the legal immunity to TTP AlQaeda and their operatives, killers and extortionists.


  • Hadia Khan
    Mar 14, 2014 - 11:08AM



  • Aamna H. Fasihi
    Mar 16, 2014 - 12:55AM

    Wow, so now school going children can also get laid! The irony is unmistakable. These amendments will prove to be even more Un-Islamic in the long run.


  • Islooboy
    Mar 17, 2014 - 3:31PM

    It is not the fault of the understanding of PM. It is his religion, which does not allow him to come out of the closet.


  • shazia Bangash
    Mar 18, 2014 - 9:55AM

    Its Imran Khan’s fault.


  • ks
    Mar 18, 2014 - 10:07AM

    Actually Islam says the girl and/ or the boy have the right to repudiate/ annul the marriage upon reaching puberty before consummation takes place.


  • Hamza Qaiser
    Mar 18, 2014 - 10:20PM

    If kids have the right to go against their parents will and/or annul the Nikkah upon reaching puberty then why allow underage marriage in the first place?


  • SK
    Mar 19, 2014 - 3:46AM

    @shazia Bangash:
    How may I ask ?.


  • Professor
    Mar 26, 2014 - 10:41AM

    Will Mr.NS have given away his daughter in marriage when she had turned 12?


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