Is Sindh actually mandating marrying children as soon as they turn 18?

While the proposed act may not have garnered a lot of positive votes in the Sindh Assembly Secretariat, it received a massive reaction on social media.

According to reports, Member of the Sindh Assembly Syed Abdul Rasheed recently submitted a draft of “The Sindh Compulsory Marriage Act, 2021” to the Sindh Assembly Secretariat. Reports state that the proposed bill seeks to make it mandatory for parents to marry off their children as soon as they turn 18.

According to the proposed bill, parents who do not have any justified reason for the delay in the marriage of an adult (18-year-old) will be fined.

In a video statement released after the submission of the proposed bill, Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) MPA Syed Abdul Rasheed said:

Societal ills, child rapes, immoral activities, and crime are rising in the country. To control all of this, according to the Shariat of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and Islamic teachings, Muslim males and females have been given the right to marry after attaining puberty or after 18 years of age. Fulfilling this is the responsibility of their guardians, especially their parents.

He further stated:

Obstacles in the way of marriages such as unemployment and high costs are a result of distancing from Islamic teachings. If we follow Islamic teachings, a lot of ease and blessings will descend upon the family. There should be a ban on dowry and standard operating procedures (SOPs) regarding marriage ceremonies should be added to the bill. This would end competition and lead to people adopting simplicity.

Concluding the statement Rasheed expressed hope that all Sindh Assembly members — from both the treasury and opposition benches — would help in approving the bill for the “progress, happiness and facilitation of positive pathways” for the youth of the province. Experts speculate that the bill is unlikely to be passed.

While the proposed act may not have garnered a lot of positive votes in the Sindh Assembly Secretariat, it received a massive reaction on social media.

Here is how the netizens are reacting to the proposed Sindh Compulsory Marriage Act 2021:

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