A lawmaker from Sindh Assembly, Syed Abdul Rasheed, who belongs to Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal, has proposed a bill, seeking fine for parents for delaying children’s marriage after they turn 18.
The proposed bill is called ‘Sindh Compulsory Marriage Act, 2021’ which demands making the marriage of 18-year-old citizens mandatory in the law.
According to the reports, Sindh government is asked to ensure that parents marry their children up to the age of 18 as soon as possible.
The bill states that if parents delay the marriage, they will have to inform the Deputy Commissioner in writing with solid reasons.
The bill further says parents should be fined if they don’t comply.
While the bill has reportedly won the approval of numerous members of the provincial assembly, other MPAs have opined that the bill is unlikely to pass, and making marriage compulsory without considering the financial stability of the couple is impractical.
It is important to note that eighteen is legally the minimum age for marraige in Sindh.