PESHAWAR - Blue Veins, a civil society organization Friday urged the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to finalize the draft bill regarding legislation to prevent early age marriages in the province and pass it from assembly.

While addressing a news conference here at press club, Coordinator of Blue Veins, Qamar Nasim, Balochistan Assembly Member Dr Shama Ishaq, Pakhtunkhwa Civil Society Network Coordinator Taimur Kamal, Eng Toor Gul from FATA and Tribal NGOs Consortium representative Zar Ali, Qamar Nasim expressed concerns over slow progress on draft bill.

He said that Pakistan is among the countries where every year hundreds of girls were being married in their early age.

According to a report of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, he said early girls’ marriages’ ratio in some districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province is 74 per cent which is a matter of concern, he added. In our province, he said girls of age of 10 to 14 years are being married and for which there is neither any restraint nor punishment.

To prohibit early girls marriages, he said a British era law was enforced in sub-continent but couldn’t implemented it in letter and spirit, adding now the same draft bill is pending with provincial law department to finalize it amid challenges.

Similarly, Nasim stressed the need for harmonization of the domestic legislation process in the province and said efforts were needed to pass the draft bill for prevention of early marriage in province.