Loopholes in Underage Marriage Law

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Suhaila Zain Al-Abideen says the new law to prevent underage marriages is not good enough:

By fixing 16 as the minimum age for marriage, the new law has in effect approved underage marriages. It also gave the guardian the right to appeal to courts to exempt a girl under 16 years of age if he can present a medical report from a committee comprising a female gynecologist, a psychiatrist and a social worker to prove that his daughter has matured physically and mentally and that marriage will not be hazardous to her.

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