Bigamy woes: Woman pardons husband, prosecution dropped

Published: March 25, 2012
Shaukat, nikahkhwan were arrested from ceremony for his second marriage.

Shaukat, nikahkhwan were arrested from ceremony for his second marriage.


A man in Gujranwala on Friday escaped prosecution for trying to contract a second marriage without his first wife’s approval after his wife as well as the woman he had wanted to marry agreed to forgive him.

Maulvi Shaukat and nikahkhwan Maulvi Aslam were released by Girjakh police after a three-and-a-half hour detention after the two women – his wife Uzma Shahzadi and Saira Bibi, the woman he had wanted to marry – withdrew their applications against them.

Shaukat, a shopkeeper who also delivers sermons on religious ceremonies, pleaded with the two women for forgiveness in presence of SHO Naeem Butt and families of the women. The gathering was arranged by the police after they had arrested Shaukat and the nikahkhwan in the afternoon from the ceremony arranged for the second marriage.

Shaukat assured Shahzadi that he would never think about a second marriage again.

Talking to The Express Tribune at the police lock-up before the settlement, Shaukat had denied that he had intended to marry Saira Bibi on Friday. He said he had taken the nikahkhwan to her place only to find out about the procedure for solemnising a second marriage.

Shahzadi told The Tribune that she had withdrawn her application for action against her husband.

She said she saw no point in jeopardising her marriage and their four children’s future now that she had succeeded in preventing Shaukat’s second marriage. She said her family had also advised her against taking any action against her husband.

“I don’t expect my family to sustain me and my four children if I seek a divorce from Shaukat,” she said.

Saira Bibi, who also withdrew her application against Shaukat, stated that she had been tricked. She said Shaukat had told her that he was a bachelor.

Saira, a resident of Rahmanpura, said she had known Shaukat for several months but he had only until recently proposed her. She said she accepted the proposal after discussing it with her mother and some relatives. She said her father had died several years ago. “My mother agreed to the proposal thinking that she would never be able to marry me if she let this opportunity go,” she said.

She said her mother lacked enough means to find her ‘a decent match’.

Shaukat and a nikahkhwan, Maulvi Aslam, were earlier arrested from the ceremony arranged for his marriage with Saira Bibi. The raid was carried out on Uzma Shahzadi’s complaint. She told the police that Shaukat had left home on Friday morning saying that he was going to Faisalabad to attend a ceremony where he was to deliver a lecture. She said a neighbour later told her about the second marriage.

Nikahkhwan Aslam was also released without prosecution. He told the police he was innocent in the matter as Shaukat had not told him about his first marriage.

Muslim Family Law Ordinance of 1961

Any man who contracts another marriage without the permission of the Arbitration Council shall:

(a) pay immediately the entire amount of the dower whether prompt or deferred, due to the existing wife or wives, which amount, if not so paid, shall be recoverable as arrears of land revenue; and

(b) on conviction upon complaint be punishable with the simple imprisonment which may extend to one year, or with fine which may extend to five thousand rupees, or with both.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 25th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Mar 25, 2012 - 1:27PM

    The pitiable condition of first wife and her children discouraged her to proceed with the prosecution of her cheat husband. One year jail and 1000 fine is made by a male dominated councils which encourage men to break the laws. The irony is that the accused also delivers sermons on religious ceremonies, a proof that he don’t believe in his own sermons.


  • wahab
    Mar 25, 2012 - 2:49PM

    shouldnt this fine be increased yearly according to inflation rate?


  • Abid
    Mar 25, 2012 - 3:06PM

    Whats wrong with marrying another woman..???…its better than having mistresses. Living in world of hypocrisy


  • SaQiB
    Mar 26, 2012 - 9:43AM


    as pathetic as any liberal fascist can be…..!!

    Kindly go out and seek knowledge first before issuing ur own fatawas………………. this family law thingy is in direct clash with the islamic law!! U DONT NEED TO CONTACT UR FIRST WIFE OR SEEK HER PERMISSION FOR SECOND MARRIAGE

    2ndly…… i agree with Mr. Abid…. there is no harm in marrying another woman provided u fulfill the condition laid down by Quran……..that is to justify both with all worldly affairs…………………….


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