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NA Body presents report on Hindu Marriage Bill

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Published: August 18, 2016 02:59 pm

Half of the MNAs stay mum in the House


ISLAMABAD: National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Law and Justice took around 16 months to propose its recommendations on the draft Hindu Marriage Bill, 2016.

According to details, the Chairman Committee Chaudhry Mahmood Bashir Virk on August 17, 2016 presented report on the draft Hindu Marriage Bill, 2016 in National Assembly. The bill was earlier jointly introduced by PML-N members on minority seats Ramesh Kumar Vankwani and Dr. Darshan and Ramesh Lal of PPPP during the seventh sitting of ninth session of the Assembly on March 4, 2014.

The Standing Committee on Law and Justice approved the bill on February 8, 2016. The Committee held extensive discussion on the draft bill and sought suggestions from the Hindu community and liberals.

The Chairman Committee, Chaudhry Bashir Virk informed the lower house that the delay in submission of report was due to detailed discussion with relevant stakeholders including members of the Law Committee and Council of Islamic Ideology.

The bill allows the registration of Hindu marriages in the relevant government departments by giving a proof of marriage to the Hindu community in the form of a shadiparat, which is similar to a Muslim Nikahnama. It also prohibits the forced marriages and marriage of underage Hindu girls and boys.

The Sindh Assembly has already passed a law to register marriages of Hindu community in the province. Federal Government would be second in number if it passes this bill setting precedent for remaining three Provincial Assemblies.

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