Hindu Marriage Bill 2016 smoothly sails through Senate

February 17, 2017
Samaa Web Desk

ISLAMABAD: The Senate on Friday passed the Hindu Marriage Bill, 2016 unanimously with an amendment aimed at easing growing insecurity among the country’s Hindu community.

Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid on behalf of Minister Human Rights Kamran Michael moved the bill in the House.

The sole amendment was moved by Senator Farhatullah Babar. The National Assembly has already passed the bill.

The bill will enable the Hindu community to get their marriages registered and separation cases could be resolved in the courts.

The bill will pave the way for the adoption of a comprehensive and widely-acceptable family law for Hindus living in the country.

The bill also allows separated Hindu persons to remarry.

Clause 17 of the bill states that Hindu widows “shall have the right to re-marry of her own will and consent after the death of her husband provided a period of six months has lapsed after the husband’s death”.

There are penalties for violating the provisions of the bill, which also enables Hindus to finally have a proof of marriage document called the shadiparat, similar to the nikahnama for Muslims.

Meanwhile, Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani referred three bills including  the Companies Bill, 2017, the Pakistan Air Force (Amendment) Bill, 2017 and the National Commission on the Rights of the Child Bill, 2017 to the concerned standing committees for further deliberation.

All the three bills were tabled by Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid in the House. – APP