2nd con­sul­ta­tion ses­sion held on draft of Pun­jab Chris­tian Mar­riage rules 2020

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LA­HORE: Provin­cial Min­is­ter for HR&MA Ijaz Alam Au­gus­tine presided over the 2nd con­sul­ta­tion meet­ing to take the view point/sug­ges­tions of the rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers re­gard­ing sub­ject draft of Pun­jab Chris­tian Mar­riage rules 2020 on Thurs­day at camp of­fice of Hu­man Rights.

Sec­re­tary HR&MA Nadeem-ur-Rehman briefed to the chair that in re­cent past there were few cases were re­ported where al­legedly hu­man smug­gling was com­mit­ted in­volv­ing mar­riages of Chris­tian girls with Chi­nese na­tion­als.

On the di­rec­tion of SC of Pak­istan, HR&MA depart­ment Pun­jab re­viewed the ad­min­is­tra­tive seg­ments of the Chris­tian mar­riage Act, 1872 where the sec­tion 83 of the Act em­pow­ers the provin­cial gov­ern­ment to make rules for the prepa­ra­tion and sub­mis­sion of re­turns of mar­riage sol­em­nized un­der the Act. Direc­tor Hu­man Rights Muham­mad Yousaf pre­sented a de­tailed re­port re­gard­ing prepa­ra­tion of draft and briefed that depart­ment has in­tro­duced a pro­ce­dure to re­ceive names of all per­sons who fall within pro­vi­sion of sec­tion 5(1) and (2) of the Act and are duly au­tho­rized to sol­em­nize mar­riages.

Re­search of­fi­cer Shoaib Za­far also briefed to the par­tic­i­pants that the draft rules cover the process of prepa­ra­tion and sub­mis­sion of re­turns of the mar­riages, as well as nec­es­sary linked pro­ce­dures to en­sure ef­fec­tive and er­ror free mech­a­nism of prepa­ra­tion and sub­mis­sion of re­turns of mar­riages. The linked pro­vi­sion in­cludes the setup and man­age­ment of data­base of au­tho­rized per­son un­der sec­tion 5 of the Chris­tian mar­riage act, 1872. Par­tic­i­pants ad­mired the role of HR&MA to pro­tect rights of mi­nori­ties and shared their ex­pe­ri­ences, also pro­posed var­i­ous opin­ions in­cluded rel­e­vant em­bassy clear­ance of per­son be­long to abroad, is­suance of NOC, thumb im­pres­sion and mar­i­tal sta­tus should be add on the Draft.

The provin­cial min­is­ter Ijaz Alam Au­gus­tine said that sug­ges­tions much needed of the rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers re­gard­ing sub­ject draft be­fore for­ward­ing the case to the com­pe­tent fo­rum for ap­proval. He said that hope­fully the draft will be caters to the tech­no­log­i­cal needs of the 21st cen­tury as well as the in­ter­ests of all re­li­gious de­nom­i­na­tion with spe­cial re­gard to the in­di­vid­ual’s fun­da­men­tal right to re­li­gious free­dom.

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