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Social activists demand legislation on child marriages in Balochistan

QUETTA: Social activists from Non-Government Organizations have demanded immediate release of notification for Provisional Commission on Status of Women, Child Marriage Prohibition Law and Appointment of Ombudsperson (women harassment act at work place.

Addressing a joint news conference on Friday the social workers Sana Durrani, Abdul Sattar Baloch, Gul Khan Naseer, Zia Baloch, Rubina and Rizwan said that they had launched a collective activities on child marriages in Balochistan in which Provincial Ministers, Media and Concern Departments’ officials had participated and lauded the initiative.

They said that the legislators in last government pledged to introduce legislation on child marriages, however, due to end of their tenure the bill the bill could not be approved.

“Child marriages in Balochistan is causing high child mortality ratio as compared with other parts of the country. We have been urging provincial government to approve the bill to prevent child marriages in Balochistan endangering girls’ health,” they added.

The leaders from NGOs said that the province’s women harassment bill was passed back in 2016 but the appointment of a judge following the bill is yet to be taken place.

The press conference was organized by Girls Not Bride Group of Health And Rural Development (HARD) Balochistan in collaboration with the assistance of Mundo Cooperante in collaboration with CRM Balochistan and Balochistan Women Network.

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Published in The Balochistan Point on October 6, 2018

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