This was stated by the Chairperson of Punjab Provincial Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) Fauzia Viqar while speaking at the National Conference on Child Marriages in Pakistan: Challenges and Strategies.
She said the Punjab Cabinet was meeting this week to discuss amendments to the current family laws.
“It is under consideration to raise the minimum marriageable age from 16 to 18 years for girls, penalize non-registration of marriages with a fine of Rs50,000
and make production of CNIC of bride and groom mandatory,” she said.
The conference was organised by Democratic Commission for Human Development and National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW) in collaboration with Save the Children.
Ms Viqar said it was also under consideration to punish groom’s father/ guardian and the individual solemnizing the marriage as well as the adult groom for forcing underage girl for marriage. Standardising the nikkah nama format will also be discussed in the cabinet meeting, she said.
“Educating girls and boys on the contents of nikkah nama by adding it in the school curriculum is also under consideration,” she said."
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