Human Rights Minister considers amending Christian Marriage Act

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Amendments in the Christian Marriage Act under consideration-Christian leaders including clergymen from various denominations across the country mull over the purposed modifications. This endeavor is being headed by the Federal Minister for Human Rights Kamran Michael.

Amendments in Christian Marriage Act in Pakistan

Ministry of Human Rights has embarked upon bring about necessary changes in the Christian Marriage Act. In this regard, a foremost amendment under consideration is the minimum age limit of marriage for Christian girls. It was suggested that the minimum age for a Christian girl to marry be 18 years, which has been thus far positively acknowledged by the clergymen.

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Clergymen from various denominations have agreed upon this suggestion and further implications are being considered. Drafts of the proposed amendments have been dispatched to all major denominations in the country seeking their view point.

In the light of the view point of the replies sent in by the churches, the new Christian Marriage Act will be chalked out. Current Christian Marriage Act does not prescribe age limit for marriages – while it does not addresses several issues of the Christian community.

Ensuing consideration and chalking out, up-to-dates Christian Marriage Bill 2016 will then be tabled in the Houses for approval. Some of the major clauses in the newfangled Christian Marriage Bill will include recognition of churches’ record by NADRA, public recognition of Christian marriage and many others.