Hindu Marriage Bill finally passed by Pakistan National Assembly, which seeks to set legal framework for marriage as well as divorce besides forced conversions.
The Bill was presented before the Pakistan National Assembly by Human Rights Minister Kamran Michael on Monday. Later on, the Bill was passed generally. Michael said,”It is a historic day… and the credit goes to both the opposition and ruling parties which are on the same page on the draft bill”.
While passing the Bill, objection was raised by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf Member of the National Assembly (MNA) Lal Chand Malhi and the objection was pointed towards, Clause 12(iii), which deals with ‘Annulment of Hindu Marriage’, he said that it could encourage or will defend the ‘forced conversions’.
According to the privision of the Bill, every Hindu Marriage will be registered following the provision of the act and will take place after the 15 days of the marriage. Hindu widows are now authorised legally to remarry after the 6 months of their husband’s death. The bill is also going to help to stop the kidnapping of the married women.
Penalties are also settled for the violation of the provision of the Bill, which enables Hindus to have a proof of marriage document finally kmown as shadiparat, which is similar for Muslims as nikahnama.
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