Child marriage restraint bill sent to CII not to Senate: Spokesman

ISLAMABAD: The Child Marriage Restraint (Amendment) Bill, 2017 has not been referred back to the Senate House, but referred to the Council of Islamic Ideology for review due to its sensitivity.

The matter of extension for “The Child Marriage Restraint (Amendment) Bill, 2017” was discussed in the Senate and was sent for further deliberation, said a spokesman of Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Interior A Rehman Malik here in a statement on Thursday.

The Child Marriage Restraint (Amendment) Bill, 2017 moved by Senator Sehar Kamran is not about the “Child Marriage” itself as that is already an Act of Parliament however the mover Senator Sehar Kamran has proposed amendment for enhancement in already declared legal age i.e. from 16 to 18 years.

It may be mentioned that the mover of the Bill, Senator Sehar Kamran chose to attend another meeting rather than this meeting held on October 10, 2017 and her two absences were noticed by the Committee yet the matter was referred to Council of Islamic Ideology.

Chairman of the committee cannot cast vote to reject or pass the bill but members of the committee after discussion either reject or pass any bill therefore it is wrong to say that Senator Rehman Malik has rejected the bill.

Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Interior Senator A. Rehman Malik has decided that the said bill shall be reconsidered and once again be placed before the committee.

the NGOs representatives on human rights and women rights and renowned scholars of the country will also be invited for their point of view.

In this regard, Sindh Assembly Bill on the same subject shall also be considered. The final recommendations on the bill after due diligence shall be referred to the House.