Pakistani province cracks down on child marriage

March 10, 2015 12:45 PM

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LAHORE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Parents and clerics in Pakistan’s most populous Punjab province who allow the marriage of underage children will face greater penalties than before as the provincial assembly has passed changes to a law.

The Punjab Child Marriage Restraint Act, which previously provided for a month-long prison sentence and a fine of Rs 1,000 [about 100 rupees to a dollar] for parents of children but spared clerics solemnizing the marriage contract, increased penalties to a six-month prison term and a fine of Rs 50,0...

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