Pakistan proposes to outlaw forced Marriage

February 14, 2007 11:48am CST
I read in the paper this morning that Pakistan's ruling party introduced a bill in parliament to outlaw forced marriages, including those under ancient tribal custom in which women are married off to settle feuds. The law would punish people who would coerce a woman into marriage, it would also ban forcing a woman into a "marriage with the Holy Qy'ran, in which a woman swears on Islam's holy book never to marry. Do you agree that this is a good thing for Pakistan?
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@albert2412 (1782)
• United States
23 Feb 07
This sounds like a great new law. I also would like to see laws passed in Pakistan stopping people being killed over dowery disputes and children being forced to work for almost nothing.
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• United States
14 Feb 07
I think it is a step to a better world to not force a girl to marry. As for the boys and men I could not answer but being female I would never submit to this nor expect any living person to do so.I have a Korean friend forced to marry a man she did not know ( she is from the south he is from the north )a family thing she did and has had a miserable life even though they live in the USA now they are still together becasue she is a dutiful daughjter who will not go against her parents wishes. So for 26 years she has been married to a man she detests. Thats all I know and feel.