|Published : 11 Mar 2017, 21:40:26 | Updated : 11 Mar 2017, 21:41:02|
President assents to Child Marriage Restraint Bill
The President on Saturday gave his assent to three bills, including the ‘Child Marriage Restraint Bill 2017’ that has a special provision allowing underage marriages under ‘special circumstances.’
The two other bills are the Battalion Ansar (Amendment) Bill, 2017 and the Bangladesh Unnayan Gobeshona Council Bill, 2017, said an official release.
The three bills were adopted in the 14th session of the 10th Jatiya Sangsad (parliament).
An online news agency said the JS passed the ‘Child Marriage Restraint Bill 2017’ on February 27 keeping intact the provision that allows marriage of underage girls and boys in ‘special circumstances’, with 18 and 21 as minimum marriageable age for women and men respectively.
After passage of the bill in the JS, different right bodies have urged the President Md Abdul Hamid not to give his consent to the bill.