‘Hindu Marriage Bill’ becomes law in Pakistan

The law aims to protect marriages, families, mothers and their children while safeguarding the legitimate rights and interests of Hindu families.

By: PTI | Islamabad | Published:March 19, 2017 10:30 pm
pakistan, Hindu marriage bill, Hindu marriage pakistan, hindu marriage bill pakistan, pakistani hindus, pakistan hindus, hindu marriage law, pakistan government, pakistan president, world news With the President’s nod, Pakistan’s Hindus got an exclusive personal law to regulate marriages.

In a landmark development, the bill to regulate marriages of minority Hindus in Pakistan became a law on Sunday after President Mamnoon Hussain gave his approval.

With the President’s nod, Pakistan’s Hindus got an exclusive personal law to regulate marriages.

“On the advice of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan has assented to the ‘The Hindu Marriage Bill 2017’,” a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office said.

The law aims to protect marriages, families, mothers and their children while safeguarding the legitimate rights and interests of Hindu families.

“It is a consolidated law for solemnisation of marriages by Hindu families residing in Pakistan,” the statement said.

Prime Minister Sharif said that his government has always focused on provision of equal rights to minority communities residing in Pakistan.

“They are as patriotic as any other community and, therefore, it is the responsibility of the state to provide equal protection to them,” he said.

The statement said the Hindu families will be able to solemnise marriages in accordance with the customary rites, rituals and ceremonies.

According to the law, the government will appoint marriage registrars in areas convenient for the Hindu population for registration of their marriages.

This law also provides for procedures relating to restitution of conjugal rights, judicial separation, void and voidable marriages, termination of Hindu marriage, financial security of the wife and children, alternate relief in termination of marriage and termination of marriage by mutual consent.

The law provides the right to a separated person to marry again, entitlement of re-marriage for a Hindu widow at her own will and consent after stipulated time, legitimacy of child born out of void and voidable Hindu marriage.

As per the law, Hindu marriages solemnised before commencement of this law shall be deemed valid and petitions under this law shall be presented before the family courts.

The law also provides for punishments of imprisonment and fines up to Rs 100,000 or both for contraventions.

All offences under this law could be tried in the court of a first class magistrate.

It is the first law which would be applicable to entire Pakistan except Sindh province which has its own law to regulate marriages of Hindus.

The law was unanimously passed on March 10 by the National Assembly which endorsed amendments made by the Senate in February.

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    ak dev
    Mar 19, 2017 at 8:05 pm
    What is the use of this when there will be no Hindus in stan?
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    krishan
    Mar 19, 2017 at 8:05 pm
    Why did it take70 years to enact
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    Rakesh Chaubey
    Mar 19, 2017 at 9:38 pm
    Doing this will not hide the nefarious and illegal move to convert PoK to Balitstan and Gilgit provinces and thereby illegally annex this area.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The Jehadis are using the Hindu Marriage Bill as cover.
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    mc
    Mar 19, 2017 at 8:49 pm
    Mod-India need to learn from stan.
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    Nitish Nitish
    Mar 20, 2017 at 12:16 am
    India will go for uniform civil code no matter what.muslims cant have freedom of marrying four times and triple talak.
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    ramjo
    Mar 19, 2017 at 9:04 pm
    Correct Ak Dev.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;There are actually no Hindus in stan region and the North West Frontier P r o v i n c e and never were. Only Brahmins left over from the Aryan Migration are there. That too almost 98.9% of those Arya-Brahmins were very p a t h e t i c a l l y and brutally driven out in 1946 great migration. I heard there were train loads of c o r p s e from L a h o r e. Its all because of the good work of Mahatma M.K.hi! We need to s a l u t e him!
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    ramjo
    Mar 19, 2017 at 9:03 pm
    There are actually no Hindus in stan region and the North West Frontier P r o v i n c e and never were. Only Brahmins left over from the Aryan Migration are there. That too almost 98.9% of those Arya-Brahmins were very p a t h e t i c a l l y and brutally driven out in 1946 great migration. I heard there were train loads of c o r p s e from L a h o r e. Its all because of the good work of Mahatma M.K.hi! We need to s a l u t e him!
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    Maya
    Mar 19, 2017 at 9:37 pm
    After ethnic cleansing and forced conversion of Hindus, these jihadis have introduced reforms to fool the world. How many Hindus are left in stan to follow these now?
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