New Marriages to have Forced Compulsory Medical Examinations in Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan, Baku / Trend corr.S.Ilhamgizi / Changes are being proposing to be introduced into the Family Code of Azerbaijan and to increase the age requirement from sixteen to seventeen for women and from seventeen to eighteen for men, and furthermore there will be the requirement of compulsory medical examinations.
The Family Code in Azerbaijan was accepted in the Azerbaijani Parliament in 1999 and came into force from 1 July 2000.
Over the recent five years, three parliamentary commissions have been monitoring the enforcement of the code. The State Committee on Family, Women and Children Problems, the Ombudswoman Department, and a UNICEF representative in Azerbaijan, have all rendered assistance in the development and implementation of the project.
The Chairwoman of the State Committee, Hicran Huseynova, said that the current minimum age requirement for marriage is sixteen for women and seventeen for men.
The project also envisages compulsory medical examinations of all new brides and grooms.
The project concerning changes in the Family Code will be considered during the autumn session of the Azerbaijani Parliament.