Sindh Assembly becomes first in Pakistan to pass Hindu marriage bill

Published: February 15, 2016
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KARACHI: Sindh Assembly passed the Hindu Marriage Bill 2016 on Monday becoming the first assembly in Pakistan to pass the respective bill.

The bill was moved by Sindh Parliamentary Affairs Minister Nisar Ahmed Khuhro.

During the discussion on the bill, Khuhro said, “Since the creation of Pakistan, it is the first time that such a law is being passed. The decision has been taken to provide mechanism for formally registering Hindu marriages in Sindh.”

NA committee clears Hindu Marriage Bill

Last week, a parliamentary panel cleared the Hindu Marriage Bill paving way for regulations on registration of marriage and divorce for the Hindu community in Pakistan.

Chaired by Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) lawmaker Chaudhry Mehmood Bashir Virk, the National Assembly Standing Committee on Law and Justice took up the bill, for which resolutions have been passed by the provincial legislatures of Balochistan and Khyber-Pakhtunkwa.

Khuhro said that opposition lawmakers wished to refer this bill to the standing committee, in order to improve it and seek input from minority stakeholders.

However, Khuhro reiterated that the assembly has already consulted representatives of the Hindu community.

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Conditions for a marriage to become recognised under the bill have been set and are as follows:

A. Parties to the marriage are of 18 years of age or above

B. Parties to marriage are able to give consent

C. At least two witnesses are present at the time of the solemnisation and registration of marriage

According to the bill, every marriage being solemnised under this act will be registered with the union council/ ward within 45 days of the solemnisation.

The Hindu Marriage Bill: becoming a reality

It added that the bill should have retrospective effect for the purpose of validation and registration of the marriage prior to this law. Any person who fails to get his marriage registered will be liable to pay a fine of Rs1,000. The opposition demanded to increase the penalty.

Reader Comments (11)

  • Lion King
    Feb 15, 2016 - 7:16PM

    Yeah get as many bills passed as you wish from sindhi assembly

    but don’t expect these corrupt thugs to implement them alsoRecommend

  • Brainy Bhaijan
    Feb 15, 2016 - 7:48PM

    There are more hindus living in pakistan than are actually accounted for in the government books. This is a fact.Recommend

  • RB
    Feb 15, 2016 - 11:28PM

    Why is this an achievement? It should have been there from the get go… We are 70 years too delayed… At least Sindh moved in right direction – Lets see how good they are with implementation… Like all policies… Implementation sticks out as a sore thumb..Recommend

  • Parvez
    Feb 16, 2016 - 12:05AM

    A long time in the making but a step in the right direction.Recommend

  • Feb 16, 2016 - 4:51AM

    Good news for Pakistan. Religious tolerance is very important for any modern society. Recommend

  • ajeet
    Feb 16, 2016 - 5:17AM

    As Liaqat-Nehru agreement of treatment of minorities demands reciprocality, all Muslim marriages in India should be derecognized until Hindu marriages are recognized in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Feb 16, 2016 - 2:20PM

    @ajeet:
    Relax, marriage is a dying institution anyways, no need to get all het up about recognizing this or that !Recommend

  • Easy
    Feb 16, 2016 - 6:19PM

    It is easy to pass bills than to reform society. As usual, the Sindh Assembly takes the easier route.Recommend

  • Insensible
    Feb 16, 2016 - 9:08PM

    Being signatory to the Convention on the Rights of the Child it is not compulsory to make 18 years age as a minimum for marriage.
    For example, although the US is a signatory to the said Convention, yet each and every state of the United States allows ‘children’ of 16 years of age or older to marry legally with parental consent or with the orders of a court.Recommend

  • ramdar
    Feb 17, 2016 - 10:54PM

    @ajeet: Indian constitution supersedes Nehru- Liaquat agreement.
    @Haji Atiya: Your comment reflects the casual attitude to this serious issue.Recommend

  • Nazli Siddiqui
    May 11, 2016 - 11:41PM

    @ Haji Atiya: do you specialize in posting irreverent comments?Recommend

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