Shariat Court dismisses petition against Sindh child marriage act.

ISLAMABAD -- The Federal Shariat Court (FSC) has dismissed a petition challenging the vires of the Sindh Child Marriage Restraint Act 2013, which set the minimum age of marriage for both girls and boys at 18 years in the province.

A full bench comprising Chief Justice Dr Syed Muhammad Anwar and Justice Khadim Hussain Shaikh on Monday heard the petition filed by a citizen.

The petitioner had claimed that the Act was un-Islamic and violated the injunctions of Islam.

The FSC, after hearing arguments from both sides, held that the Sindh Child Marriage Restraint Act 2013 is in accordance with the injunctions of Islam, and therefore does not violate any constitutional or Islamic provisions. The court further stated that the section 2(a) of the Act is in line with the Islamic teachings of protecting the rights of children and ensuring their well-being.

The Sindh Child Marriage Restraint Act 2013 was enacted to prevent child marriages by fixing minimum age limit and promote the protection of children's rights in the province.

It sets the minimum age of marriage at 18 years for males and females.

The FSC held that 'setting a minimum age for marriage i.e...

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