LAHORE – Civil society has stressed upon the Punjab assembly for making stronger legislation to tackle the menace of child marriages.
In a consultative meeting with media persons at a local hotel, it was the common consensus among the participants that child marriages affected the girls in the worst possible way. Alliance against Child Marriage (AACM) – an alliance of civil society organisation – was the organiser of the event. Civil society members including Ume Laila, Salman Abid, Summaya Yousaf, Rashida Qureshi, Iftikhar Mubarik, Ambreen Fatima besides journalists from print and electronic media participated in the gathering.
Minimum age for marriage must be over 18 years for both male and female and that the national identity card of bride and bridegroom to be made mandatory for marriage, they demanded.
The role of religion and local traditions was widely debated and the participants agreed that the religious scholars must put their input in the society to curb the crime of child marriages.
It was agreed in the gathering that education and awareness of the society by both media and civil society was the best possible tool to tackle with the issue.
The media was also requested to play its role for establishing a healthy and prosperous society by creating awareness against the marriages in early age.