A so­cial con­tract

Enterprise - - Letters -

I ap­pre­ci­ate the Women Devel­op­ment Depart­ment, Gov­ern­ment of Pun­jab who passed the law, re­lat­ing to the mar­riage cer­tifi­cate. They have made it manda­tory to fill all clauses re­lat­ing to the rights of the bride and groom, which are nec­es­sary to fill at the time of mar­riage. This was some­thing that our male dom­i­nant so­ci­ety was ig­nor­ing, es­pe­cially the women’s rights. The nikkah khaw or Qazi or the grooms fam­ily would cross out all the clauses re­lated to the rights given by our reli­gion to a bride, de­priv­ing her of her ba­sic right.

Mar­riage is a con­tract like other con­tracts, spec­i­fy­ing ev­ery­one’s con­tri­bu­tion to a con­tract, if both par­ties do not agree; this is not a valid con­tract. Our reli­gion gives equal rights to both gen­ders. I urge the NGO’s and other women’ wel­fare so­ci­eties to fol­low this ex­cel­lent ex­am­ple and pass a sim­i­lar bill from Sindh as­sem­bly.

Syeda Habza Fa­tima Karachi

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