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Child Marriage And The Law

Child marriage and the law

Pakistan’s children are its future. Yet not only is this generation put to work in homes, fields and factories, they are also the silent objects of abuse and violence in…

What Laws Can Do To Marriage

What laws can do to marriage

One brief order by Lahore’s district coordination officer last week hit home with a ferocity rare even for the fearful times we are living in. And the application of a…

Morocco law reform offers hope for women’s rights

Two decades after a landmark but limited revision of Morocco’s family law marked a breakthrough for women, activists hope new reforms will defy Islamist objections and provide greater equality. The…

Lawyering and its discontents

The plight of young law graduates, and specifically the fact that they get paid very little, has recently been much discussed on social media. Since some of the contentions raised…

Laws, protocols and trafficking

Every country in the world is affected by human trafficking either as a point of origin, transit or destination, and Pakistan is not an exception. The UNODC describes human trafficking…

The marriage between economics and politics

The marriage between politics and economics is well established in democracies as well as autocracies, giving rise to not only the need to meet the basic needs of the general…

Malala’s marriage

CONGRATULATIONS! That is the only appropriate response to Malala Yousafzai’s marriage announcement. But the world — or Twitterati at least — had much else to say. The response says more…

Child marriages

RECENTLY, the news of a 64-year-old MNA getting married to a 14-year-old girl circulated on social media. Barring a few protests from child rights activists and a couple of legislators,…

Child marriage complexities

ENDING the harmful practice of child marriage has been a priority for human rights advocates in Pakistan for many years. The global Sustainable Development Goals that aim to eliminate child…