HYDERABAD: Sindh Minister for Women Development, Social Welfare and Special Education Robina Qaimkhani has informed that the provincial government would soon table the Child Marriage Bill in the Provincial Assembly in order to discourage early age marriages and declare the marriage legal after the age of 18 years.
After passage of the Bill, the violators of the Act could be punished with one-year imprisonment with a fine, the Minister informed while addressing a news conference here at Press Club on Friday evening.
She informed that her ministry will arrange a programme in which the ulema, media persons and representatives from civil society will be invited for discussion and suggestions on the issue.
The Minister informed that the government has also completed legislation on the setting up of Child Protection Authority and is in contact with the concerned stakeholders.
Under Child Protection Authority, the government will be responsible for provision of health, education and other facilities to the children, she said and added that efforts will also be made to discourage child labour in the province.
She informed that her ministry has also been engaged in conducting survey about child labour, social crimes and after completion of the survey, the available data will be displayed at the website of Sindh Government.
During its tenure of five years, the Minister informed that the previous PPP government had conducted 27 different legislations for the protection of women’s rights. The PPP always made efforts to uplift the women-folk by providing them maximum rights, she added.
Replying to a question, the Minister agreed about the poor condition of Dar-ul-Aman and said that due to allocation of minimal budget, the women who have taken shelter there are unable to get maximum facilities.
She however, said that over three thousand women received justice through five Crisis Management Centres of the Department of Women Development against Karo Kari, forced marriages, violence and criminal assaults.