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इंडियन आवाज़     29 Mar 2017 02:40:14      انڈین آواز

Pakistan National Assembly passes Hindu Marriage Bill

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Pakistan National Assembly has passed the Hindu Marriage Bill 2016, after amendments made by the Senate, to regulate marriages of Hindus in Pakistan. Minister of Human Rights, Kamran Michael said there was no law to regulate the registration of Hindu marriages and ancillary matters in Pakistan.

The Hindu Marriage Bill 2016 prohibits the marriage of minors and prescribes a minimum age of 18-years for contracting marriage in addition to protecting the customs and customary rites of the Hindu community. The bill also provides a mechanism for registration of marriage, separation and remarriage. The bill will help Hindu women get documentary proof of their marriage. The bill will need the signature of President Mamnoon Hussain in order to become a law.

The law will be applicable in the provinces of Balochistan, Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The Sindh province had introduced its own version of the Hindu marriage law earlier. The Senate had earlier passed the bill on February 2017.

The Hindu Marriage Bill 2016 prohibits the marriage of minors and prescribes a minimum age of 18-years for contracting marriage in addition to protecting the customs and customary rites of the Hindu community.

The bill further provides a mechanism for registration of Hindu marriages, including conditions for contracting and dissolving marriages.

It also introduces the concept of judicial separation. Moreover, the legitimacy of children born out of void and voidable Hindu marriages has also been protected under the bill.

Hindu women will also be now able to get documentary proof of their marriage.

The Ministry of Human Rights, which worked for three years on the bill, also obtained resolutions from the provincial governments in order to ensure the law is applicable across the country.

The law will be applicable in the provinces of Balochistan, Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Sindh had introduced its own version of the Hindu marriage law earlier.

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