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Pak Prez approves Hindu Marriage Bill, turns it into law

ANI  |  Islamabad [Pakistan] 

President Mamnoon Hussain has given his approval to the much awaited Hindu Marriage Bill, 2017on the advice of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, turning it into a

It is the first personal in to regulate the marriages in the Hindu community providing a mechanism for registration of Hindu marriage which includes conditions for contracting the marriage, procedure for dissolution of the marriage and the grounds on the basis of which such a marriage can be dissolved.

The aims to protect marriages, families, mothers and their children and safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of Hindu families.

It is a consolidated for solemnisation of marriages by Hindu families residing in Pakistan, according to a press release.

Sharif said on the occasion, the is focused on the provision of equal rights to minority communities residing in Pakistan, reports the Express Tribune.

"They are as patriotic as any other community and, therefore, it is the responsibility of the state to provide equal protection to them," he added.

The provides for procedures relating to restitution of conjugal rights, judicial separation, void and voidable marriages, termination of marriage, the financial security of spouses and children, alternate relief in termination of marriages, and termination of marriage by mutual consent.

It also provides divorcees with the right to marry again, the entitlement of remarriage by a Hindu widow at her own will and consent after the stipulated time, and the legitimacy of children.

Marriages solemnised before the comes into effect will be retroactively validated, but family courts would need to be petitioned for the relevant registration and documentation.

The also provides for punishments of imprisonment and fines up to Rs.100, 000 or both for contraventions.

All the offences under the shall be non-cognisable and non-compoundable and can be tried by a first class magistrate.

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First Published: Mon, March 20 2017. 01:32 IST