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Early marriage robs children of their opportunities

August 1, 2012


Source By Graça Machel and Desmond Tutu, Graça Machel was the first education minister of Mozambique. Desmond Tutu is archbishop emeritus of Cape Town and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate. They are members of The Elders, a group of independent leaders working for peace and human rights. “If adults know child marriage is wrong, why do […]

Forced marriage: 15-year-old accuses brothers of torture

June 8, 2012


By Kashif Zafar ” When I tried to escape, they caught me, tied me with a rope with help from our grandfather and shaved my head,” The victim.   Additional Sessions Judge Chaudhry Javed Iqbal Saif on Thursday summoned four brothers and the paternal grandfather of a girl who accused them of beating her, shaving […]

Reporting of forced marriage doubled in March: FAFEN (Pakistan)

June 4, 2012


There were 653 reports of forced marriages from 40 monitored districts in March, compared to 314 cases from 35 districts in February. ISLAMABAD: Reportage of forced marriages saw a 100 per cent increase from 314 in February to 653 in March women registered an increase in March. Rape also saw an increase in 150 per cent […]

Forced marriage: Teenager reunited with parents (Pakistan)

April 7, 2012


  ABBOTABAD: A teenaged girl who her abductor forcibly married was reunited with her parents, on Friday, after a district judge allowed her to return home. The court has ordered an inquiry into the incident. Saima*, 13, was kidnapped from her home a week ago by Rohail, who solemnised nikah against her will, according to her […]

Report 2011 Teenage girls turning suicide into a solution for poverty, uncertain future: HRCP

March 29, 2012


Everyday around five to six teenage suicide attempts are taking place in the city. KARACHI: To escape from poverty or an uncertain future, teenager girls in Karachi are turning towards the option of ending their lives, said the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan in its annual report, ‘State of Human Rights in 2011’ released on Wednesday. […]

Saudi Arabia to set minimum marriage age

July 25, 2011


Source: Emirates 24/7 Law aims to curb marriage of minors following surge in such weddings Saudi Arabia intends to set a minimum age for girls allowed to marry under a new law intended to curb child marriages following a surge in such a phenomenon in the conservative Gulf Kingdom. The ministry of justice is working […]

Child marriage is “murder of innocence” (Saudi Arabia)

June 2, 2011


Source: Emirates 24/7 Saudi legislator says Kingdom now recognizes dangers of child marriage A Saudi legislator who pushed for the enforcement of laws to curb widespread child marriage in the Gulf Kingdom has denounced such a phenomenon, saying it amounts a murder of innocence and childhood. Zuhair Al Harthi, a member of Shura (appointed parliament) […]

Saudi approves child protection law (Saudi Arabia)

January 18, 2011


Source: Emirates 24/7 Saudi Arabia’s appointed parliament has endorsed a law on the protection of children and set the child’s age limit at 18 years, a newspaper said on Tuesday. The Shura Council discussed the law presented by the Saudi government at its session on Monday and gave it its approval following several debates and […]

14-year-old wife freed from 80-year-old husband (Saudi Arabia)

November 28, 2010


Source: Emirates 24/7 Okaz quoted Rahim as saying he had not cheated the girl on the grounds he had come to her house and asked her father to marry her. (SUPPLIED) A 14-year-old Saudi girl who had been forced to marry an 80-year-old man finally became free after an unknown benevolent man paid back the […]

Furore continues over Saudi child’s marriage

October 9, 2010


Source: Emirates 24/7 55-year-old man was reported to be marrying a 13-year-old girl Picture used for illustrative purposes only. (SUPPLIED) Saudi Arabia’s newspapers Saturday kept up the heat against the marriage of a 12-year-old girl to a 55-year-old local man while the child’s uncle described the wedding as a “sale deal conducted by her father.” […]