Religious Council Calls Pakistan’s Child Marriage Ban ‘Un-Islamic’

Mar 16, 2014
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Pakistan’s Prohibition of Child Marriages Act stipulates that the age of marriage is 16 for women and 18 for men

Pakistan’s Prohibition of Child Marriages Act stipulates that the age of marriage is 16 for women and 18 for men

A council that advises the Pakistani government and parliament ruled Tuesday that the country’s laws banning child marriage are “un-Islamic.”

Pakistan’s Prohibition of Child Marriages Act stipulates that the age of marriage is 16 for women and 18 for men

The Council of Islamic Ideology, a constitutional recommendatory body that gives legal counsel to the government but can’t make its own laws, advised the government that Sharia law sets no minimum age for marriage, so laws prohibiting underage individuals from getting married do not adhere to Islamic principles.

It added that according to Islamic doctrine, the consummation of the marriage, called Rukshati, should only happen when both husband and wife have reached puberty.

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Ernest Greene
Ernest Greene
6 years ago

You’d think something like that would interest the huge number of American feminists who have endless time and energy to squabble over the awfulness of porn, but nooo… It would be racist to pass judgment on another society’s treatment of women when our own is still so primitive. Yeah, right, sure. Why not move to Pakistan and never have to worry about “the male gaze” again? It’s not to be forgotten that Kate Millett, visiting post-revolutionary Iran, described the experience of going out in a chador “liberating.” It’s also not to be forgotten that she recanted that position after a… Read more »

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