The Islamic Ideology Council is thinking upon holding to its suggestions provided earlier for allowing nikah at any age, however, “Rukhsati”—(which means moving to the husband’s house), only after the girl gets eighteen years in age.
The bill captioned as the “Child Marriage Restraint Bill” is presently pending with the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) for the last two months as the council committee is finding it hard to provide its final report on the issue because of the complex and sensitive nature of this issue.
Back in December last year, Senator Sehar Kamran moved the bill in Senate, which was passed by the Standing Committee, but later the bill was forwarded to the Council of Islamic Ideology for review and the council was asked to assemble a report on the matter within three weeks. However, regrettably, even after two months the CII has still not shared its assembled report or has provided any suggestions.
Dr Qibla Ayaz—the Chairman of the Council of Islamic Ideology while conversing with a local newspaper informed that the CII committee is currently reviewing this bill and is putting all efforts to come up with some logical conclusion relating the exact age for marriage.
He added that this is a very complex issue, because of this reason the matter is being reviewed from all aspects by the committee members before they present a final decision. He informed that the government has asked the CII to review and to take in consideration all the laws or verdicts given by the foreign Islamic scholars in other Muslim nations regarding the age of a girl for marriage, before concluding its report and providing suggestions on it.
Dr Ayaz further said that presently the various recommendations on the child marriage age are under consideration, but the CII is also stuck to its earlier given suggestion which was—that nikkah should be performed at any age but rukhsati should only be permitted only after the girl turn eighteen in age.
He mentioned that the committee is most likely to submit its final report to him by Thursday that is tomorrow.
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