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Parliamentary questions
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24 October 2017
Question for written answer P-006609-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
Emilian Pavel (S&D)

 Subject:  Forced marriages in Pakistan
 Answer in writing 

In parts of rural Pakistan, the traditional custom of ghag continues. This is a process whereby a man lays claim to a girl for marriage by aggressively blocking all other marriage claims. Resistance by the girl or her family often results in violent confrontation. Ghag is a variation of forced marriage, since the girl often has no choice but to marry her aggressor.

Although the process of ghag was made illegal in 2012, implementation of the law remains an issue. Reports show that Pakistani authorities are not doing enough to investigate and prosecute the aggressors.

Given that the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) prohibits forced marriages, and that CEDAW is one of the 27 core conventions to which participants in the EU’s GSP+ programme (of which Pakistan is a beneficiary) must be party, the Commission is asked to answer the following:
1. What is the EU doing to monitor Pakistan’s eradication of the ghag custom?
2. How is the EU monitoring the application of the 27 core conventions listed as pre-requisite for participation in the GSP+ programme?
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