MNA Maulana Salahuddin Ayubi has been pressured by civil society to leave after marrying a 14-year-old bride in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Salahuddin Ayubi was elected to the National Assembly from NA-263 as a representative of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) (Kila Abdullah).
MNA Maulana Salahuddin Ayubi had illegally married the 14-year-old girl in Chitral, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, according to the details.
It should be noted that the 14-year-old girl was a pupil at Government Girls High School, Jughoor, and was conceived on October 28, 2006.
In Pakistan, girls must be 16 years old to marry, while in Sindh, a girl must be 18 years old to marry. Pakistan is ranked sixth in the world for the number of absolute child brides (1.9 million). More than 21% of girls in the world are married before they turn 18 and 3% before they turn 15 years old, resulting in a child marriage average of more than 21%.
According to the data, Sindh has the highest rate of child marriages (33%), followed by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (29%), Balochistan (22%), and Punjab (22%). (20 percent ).
Only by ending child and early age marriage will the nation save $77 million by 2030, or growth the $6229 million increase in earnings and productivity (CEAM).
Taimur Kamal, the coordinator of the Pakhtunkhwa Civil Society Network (PCSN), said,
“MNA Salahuddin Ayubi should resign immediately because he has broken the Child Marriage Restraint Act1929, which states that no girl under the age of 16 will legally marry in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa or anywhere else in Pakistan.”
Sana Ahmad, Coordinator of the Child Rights Movement (CRM), said, “Girls are being purchased like heads of cattle in the name of marriage and smuggled out of Chitral without drawing any attention.”
“This is a more contemporary form of human trafficking. Organized gangs buy girls and move them out of Chitral. Rich men often travel to Chitral in search of a second wife. After that, no one worries for these sick girls,” she said.
A child rights activist, Imran Takkar, said,
“In order to end child marriage, we need very simple long-term, short-term, and medium-term plans. We must address the underlying issue in our society. We won’t be able to fix it in a year, two years, or five years. Policies are needed. Legislation is required.”