K-P slaps ban on dowry

Published: March 3, 2017
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PESHAWAR: The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Assembly adopted a landmark piece of legislation on Thursday, barring a bride’s family members, relatives and outsiders from making dowry payments to the groom and his family.

The law also restricts the maximum value of gifts given to the bride by her parents, family members or any other person to Rs10,000. It is now illegal for anyone from the groom’s family or anyone on their behalf to ask or force the bride’s family for dowry. If they still do, they shall be liable to a two-month prison term and a fine of Rs300,000 or both.

The law titled, ‘the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Dowry, Bridal Gift and Marriage Functions Restriction Act, 2017,’ states that the total expenditures on marriages, including on baarats or valimas shall not exceed Rs75,000 and other ceremonies, including nikah, baraat or valima shall be concluded before 10pm.

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Similarly, the law restricts the valima to a one-dish banquet of rice, gravy and sweets. It also states that a person or family celebrating the nikah or baraat or organising the marriage ceremony of other person shall not serve or allow anyone to meals or other edibles, excluding beverages, to people participating in the ceremony.

Under the law, anyone who contravenes or fails to comply with any provision of this law shall be liable to pay a fine not less than Rs200,000 and an imprisonment term not exceeding two months.

The bill, tabled by the Jamaat-e-Islami’s (JI) Rashda Riffat, was unanimously adopted by the house.

Services of more than 3,000 employees of the health and irrigation departments were regularised after the adoption of two separate laws tabled by Pakistan Peoples Party lawmaker Sardar Fakhar Azam Khan.

The assembly also adopted a resolution asking the provincial government to include chapters on the life of celebrated humanitarian and charity founder Abdul Sattar Edhi in textbooks taught in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

Expensive weddings

Concerns on Fata reforms

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) expressed concern over the five-year plan for merging the Federally-Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) into the province.

Senior Minister for Irrigation Sikandar Sherpao of QWP objected over the delay, saying that the assembly had passed resolutions asking the federal government for an immediate merger.

“We want local government elections in Fata this year and general elections next year in accordance with the committee’s report,” he said, adding that the cabinet had adopted the report with a five-year delay in the merger was an injustice with the people of Fata.

The provincial minister for public health engineering Shah Farman of PTI also condemned the delay and accused the federal government of dishonesty.

“We see the delay … with suspicion and we view it as the federal government’s dishonesty … We condemn this move,” he said.

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Opposition leader Maulana Lutfur Rahman of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) said that the people of Fata should have been consulted before the decision.

“This can be done via a referendum,” he said, adding that all stakeholders should be taken onboard while making decisions regarding the future of Fata.

Financial crisis

Rahman also criticised the PTI-led government over the financial crisis in the province, saying that if the government continued to move at the same pace, the next governments would not have enough money for development projects.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 3rd, 2017.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Pramod pathak
    Mar 3, 2017 - 9:17AM

    My musicRecommend

  • khan
    Mar 3, 2017 - 9:23AM

    Hahhaha
    People make legal agreements for giving and taking dowry?
    PTI should come up wid something new and workable solutions to the problems. This law is already present in kpk. Google itRecommend

  • M.S.
    Mar 3, 2017 - 9:31AM

    Joke of the year. Everyone knows how things are done in KP. it’s bridegroom who pays all expenses of wedding and gives cash to bride’s family. Recommend

  • F Khan
    Mar 3, 2017 - 11:08AM

    Nothing will come out of this law. We need change of mindset and that requires taking the subject to the media, school classes, masjid, living rooms etc.If one is wiling to give dowry and the other ready to take it, what will this law do?It looks to be more of a political statement rather than a solution to this social problem. Recommend

  • Ravian
    Mar 3, 2017 - 12:20PM

    @M.S.: I am from KP, I can tell you that this is not the practice in KP. The practice you mentioned is called “walvar” and prevalent in parts Afghanistan and central Asian republics. Recommend

  • Jehanzeb Mahar
    Mar 3, 2017 - 2:54PM

    “The law also restricts the maximum value of gifts given to the bride by her parents, family members or any other person to Rs10,000”.

    I support this law if it restricts the value of jewellery given to the bride by the groom’s parents to 10,000Recommend

  • APPLE, THIS IS VERY INTERESTING TOPIC . I FALL INTO LOVE WITH IT. AWESOME! I JUST CAN'T TAKE MY EYES OFF THIS ARTICKLE! I HOPE THINGS GET BETTER NAD THEN I WILL SAY THAT EVERY IS HIDDEN IN MY HEART! :)
    Mar 3, 2017 - 6:09PM

    HEY!
    IT BEEN SO LONG THAT I HAVE SEEN ANY GOOD ARTICLE. I JUST FELL FOR IT . DOWRY SUCKS BIG TIME.
    THIS SHOULD GET ERASED FROM THE PLANET EARTH.
    POOR PARENTS ARE NOT ONLY GIVING THEIR BELOOOVED DAUGHER AND YOU SCUM PEOPLE EXPECT THEM TO GIVE DOWRY TOO!
    SHAME ON YOU! Recommend

  • mehmood
    Mar 4, 2017 - 11:44AM

    Good law but step should be taken so that bride’s family doesn’t end up paying fines…Recommend

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