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(2009-2017): 1 in 3 Pakistanis feel that free and full consent of both spouses/parties is regarded before marriages in Pakistan; 21% say otherwise.

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According to a Gallup & Gilani Pakistan National Survey conducted in the year 2009 (8 years ago) respondents were asked “In your opinion, how far is the human right ‘free and full consent of both parties to a marriage’ respected in Pakistan?” Responding to this, 21% opined that this right was not respected in the country at all, another 44% said it was somewhat respected. Only 34% people said that this right was respected and practiced in Pakistan. 1% did not know or wish to respond.

Comparative Picture: The question was asked again in 2017 to enable a concrete comparison. In 2017, 21% opined that this right was not respected in the country at all, another 42% said it was somewhat respected. Only 36% people said that this right was respected and practiced in Pakistan.

The findings are available since 2009 periodically and the graph below shows how the public opinion has fluctuated over the years.

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