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  • Pakistani senate passes bill setting minimum marriage age as 18

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    May 1, 2019   5:48 pm

    The Pakistani Senate has passed a bill to amend the Child Marriage Restraint Bill, 1929, and set the minimum marriage age at 18 years. The bill aims to “curb the menace of child marriage prevalent in the country and save women from exploitation”. Underage marriage can lead to a sentence of up to three years […]

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  • Revised forced conversion law to be submitted to Sindh Assembly

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    April 15, 2019   11:10 am

    A revised draft of a forced conversion bill will be submitted to the Sindh Assembly soon. More than two years after the first draft was presented, the latest version of the ‘Protection of Minorities Act, 2019’ will be submitted by the Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA) MPA Nand Kumar Goklani. In 2016 the Sindh Assembly passed […]

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  • Pakistani court orders teenage Christian girl back in parents’ custody

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    April 11, 2019   9:47 am

    A Pakistani court has ordered that a Christian teenage girl, who was abducted and forcibly converted to Islam after being made to marry a Muslim man in February, be handed over to her parents. Shalat Masih, 14, was produced by police at Lahore High Court and said that she was abducted from Faisalabad and later […]

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  • Blasphemy acquitted Asia Bibi will soon leave Pakistan

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    April 10, 2019   9:16 pm

    Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has said Asia Bibi is fine and will soon be leaving the country. Christian Asia Bibi was sentenced to death by hanging in 2010 after being accused of blasphemy. But the conviction was overturned by Pakistan’s Supreme Court last year. It upheld the decision to overturn her conviction and death […]

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  • Bills moved in NA on child marriage, forced conversion

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    March 28, 2019   11:12 am

    Two bills have been submitted to the National Assembly secretariat in Pakistan seeking to increase punishment for those involved kidnapping and forced conversion, and making child marriage a cognisable offence. The move comes amid ongoing controversy surrounding the alleged kidnapping of two Hindu girls and their forced conversion to Islam. Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) lawmaker Dr […]

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