KARACHI - Sindh Minister for Women Development, Special Education and Social Welfare Departments, Rubina Saadat Qaimkhani on Thursday unveiled that a bill would be presented in Sindh Assembly about making a law to fix maximum 18-year age limit for both bride and groom for marriage with proposing imprisonment and fine to stop early marriages in the province.
She announced this while talking to the media during a visit to the Karachi Press Club on Thursday. She added that if any parent was found involved in arranging a marriage for his/her daughter before reaching the age proposed in the law would be sentenced with one year imprisonment and a huge fine.
She said the bill for Child Marriage Act would be tabled in Sindh Assembly to convert it into law so that child marriages could be stopped. She said that a consultative session with the civil society, media and Ulema was underway and soon a bill would be tabled in the provincial assembly.
Rubina said two percent job quota for disabled would be implemented with letter and spirit in Women Development, Special Education and Social Welfare departments after withdrawal of ban imposed on jobs.
The minister said provincial government was also planning to establish Women Complaint Centres in every district of Sindh. The implementation on the law against sexual harassment on women at workplaces would be implemented in letter and spirit.
She said all the three departments of her ministry would be equipped with latest technology with coordination of provincial government and foreign donors.
She said Sindh child protection bill had already been passed in the province and soon it would be implemented.
On the occasion, Rubina announced Rs0.3 million as grant for Karachi Press Club on the behalf of her department.