Towards sustainable development, Saudi Arabia bans child marriages under 18

According to Saudi media reports, the Kingdom has officially banned child marriages under the age of 18.

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  • The recent decision came after modifications were made to the law passed earlier this year.
  • The Justice Minister of Saudi Arabia Dr. Walid bin Muhammad Al-Salmani has given orders to all courts and marriage officials to strictly follow the law.
  • In case of any violation, legal action will be taken against the people involved.

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In 2016, the Crown prince of Saudi Arabia Muhammad Bin Salman launched Vision 2020. The strategy behind the vision was to focus on economic transformation While also including the empowerment of women and the development of religious life.

According to Saudi media reports, the country has officially banned child marriages under the age of 18. The Justice Minister of Saudi Arabia Dr. Walid bin Muhammad Al-Salmani has given orders to all the courts and marriage officials to follow the law.

He further stated, that in case of any violation legal action would be taken against the people involved.

The Child Protection Law states: “An application of marriage under the age of 18 would be referred to a special court. The court should make sure that a person will not be harmed, whether male or female.”

The recent decision comes after a modification to the Law passed earlier this year. In January, the Shoura Council passed the Kingdom’s Child Protection Law that stated, “Marriage of a child under 15, whether male or female, is prohibited”.

Amendments grant rights to women:

Lately, Saudi Arabia has been introducing historic reforms for women. Here are some remarkable decisions recently granted to women of the kingdom:

  • Women of Saudi Arabia can now travel, marry, and get a passport without the consent of male guardians.
  • Women can join the armed forces.
  • Women are Eligible to be guardians to children.
  • Women now have a right to register a marriage, divorce, and the birth of a child.

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