Dhaka – President Abdul Hamid on Saturday assented to a bill approved by parliament last month to prevent underage marriage, one of the Bangladesh’s major social problems.
The bill that proposed a special provision allowing underage marriage under certain circumstances gathered criticisms from the activists and jurists. They, however, asked the government to formulate rules to prevent misuse of the special sections of the law styled Child Marriage Restraint Act of 2017.
The president also gave consent to two other bills – Battalion Ansar (Amendment) Bill 2017 and Bangladesh Development Research Council Bill 2017.
Parliament on February 27 passed the child marriage prevention bill with a provision that the underage children will be given marriage to certain circumstance.
But the law stipulates the marriageable age of a girl 18 and the boy must be 21 for general cases.
The “special circumstances” provision of the law would permit parents and in the absence of parents, a girl’s or boy’s guardians, to get a court order and marry their wards off even before they reach the minimum marriageable age in their (the children’s) “best interests”.