Islamabad: Mamnoon Hussain has recently signed on the Hindu Marriage Bill 2017 that will allow Hindu minority to register their marriages. It has happened for the first time after the creation of Pakistan in 1947 that Hindus have been given lawful rights to file cases like divorce and remarriages.
“This law is a welcome step … It will remove all difficulties for the registration of Hindu marriages,” Said by head of Pakistan Hindu Council, Ramesh Kumar Vankwani.
Soon after the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif requested him to do so, the president signed on the bill on this Sunday that will protect Hindu Marriages and their family rights. This is the first ever law personally of Hindus living in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
“They are as patriotic as any other community and, therefore, it is the responsibility of the state to provide equal protection to them”, Nawaz Sharif said.
The Bill consists of the following points:
- It will protect Hindu marriages, Hindu Families, Child, and Mother.
- It will safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of Hindu Families.
- Hindus will be able to solemnize their marriages and other ceremonies according to their customary rites.
- Special marriage registrars will be hired for Hindu majority areas.
- The Law will also deal with judicial separation, restitution of conjugal rights, termination of marriage, financial security specially for Hindu mother and children, and with different other aspects.
- A special section is also there dealing with re-marriages.
- The punishment for breaking the law can be Rs 100,000 or more.
Hindus living in Pakistan are happy with the government that it took a step to solemnize Hindu marriages and gave a platform where they can resolve their conflicts. Pakistan was made on a point that every community would live here with equal rights and with complete independence in accordance with their religion. As Quaid-e-Azam said just after the creation of Pakistan,
“You are free; you are free to go to your temples. You are free to go to your mosques or to any other places of worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion, caste or creed—that has nothing to do with the business of the state.”