Forced Marriage in Other Jurisdictions
Forced Marriage is an international issue, even though it is illegal in many jurisdictions and against international treaties
Forced Marriage transcends race, community, gender, beliefs and more.
Click here to read about 'honour-crimes' in a report by SOAS University of London (the School of Oriental and African Studies), entitled Selected Human Rights Materials Addressing 'Crimes of Honour'
On this page, you will find interviews explaining marriage and forced marriage in different jurisdictions. This page is being constantly updated as we receive contributions.
Over four videos made for the NCFM, Sara Malkani talks about marriage in Pakistan.
Sara Malkani talks about Marriage in Pakistan
- Laws are governed by religious based personal laws
- The majority of the population is Muslim
- Mainly governed by Muslim Family Law Ordinance 1961
- Requirement of a Nikah
- Consent of both parties is needed
- Consent of a guardian is not required
Sara Malkani talks about the Age of Marriage in Pakistan
- 18 is the minimum age for boys/men and 16 for girls/women
- Province of Sindh, 18 is the minimum for all
- It is a crime to facilitate underage marriage
- Child marriage may still be valid if both parties have reached puberty
Sara Malkani talks about Terminating a Marriage in Pakistan
- A man can terminate a marriage by himself
- Notice must be given
- A 90 day period must elapse and may be reconciliation
- A woman can only terminate a marriage if this is previously ‘delegated’ or through family courts
Sara Malkani talks about Money and Finances in a Marriage in Pakistan
- A marriage condition is paying an amount to the wife
- If a woman terminates a marriage, she forgoes that amount or must return some
- A woman is entitled to maintenance based on the husband’s income
- If a marriage is terminated, a husband must support a wife for 3 months