The Senate on Monday passed a bill to amend the Child Marriage Restraint Bill 1929, to set the minimum age to be able to marry girls as 18 years. Senator Sherry Rehman presented the bill and was met with heated remarks by some fellow senators on grounds that the Senate is not a proper forum to discuss matters like this.
Senator Raza Rabbani apprised the house that the bill was earlier sent to the Council of Islamic Ideology; however, it remained there for years without any discussion on the matter. He added that the Sindh Assembly has already passed the same bill and it was not challenged or opposed at any forum and that the age of marriage in all other Islamic countries is 18 years.
Sherry Rehman took to Twitter to explain the gravity of the situation.
A very big thank u to all my Senate colleagues who joined forces to defeat loud opposition by PTI Govt, JUI and JI on final voting on my Child Marriage Restraint Bill! The bill passed all phases and defines childhood at age 18,as in Sindh. Marriages under age will b criminalised
— SenatorSherryRehman (@sherryrehman) April 29, 2019
Many celebrities later praised Sherry Rehman and lauded the Senate’s efforts.
— Hareem Farooq (@FarooqHareem) April 30, 2019
Now that’s the kind of news I want to read every morning! This is pretty damn impressive! https://t.co/YSt5ZBIgdn
— Ali Rehman Khan (@alirehmankhan) April 30, 2019
No more children getting married! Congratulations @sherryrehman on getting the amendment on Child Marriage Act. Puberty set as 18. Practise like in Turkey, UAE, Egypt other muslim countries. Marriages under 18 will be criminal. #stopchildabuse #stopchildmarriagesaysstramrahim
— Frieha Altaf (@FriehaAltaf) April 30, 2019
While Ali Gul Pir wonders why would anybody oppose a bill that protects children?
What kind of people would oppose a child marriage restraint bill and why? https://t.co/IX1hoDSUyl
— Ali Gul Pir (@Aligulpir) May 1, 2019