NA body passes Hindu Mar­riage Bill 2015

The Pak Banker - - COMPANIES/BOSS - Staff Reporter

The Na­tional As­sem­bly's Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on Law and Jus­tice on Mon­day unan­i­mously passed Hindu Mar­riage Bill 2015 with few amend­ments. The com­mit­tee, which met here with Chaudhry Mah­mood Bashir Virk in the chair, was briefed by the of­fi­cials of min­istries of Law and Jus­tice, and Hu­man Rights that the Bill was aimed at cod­i­fy­ing the law to reg­u­late mar­riages and ter­mi­na­tion thereof among Hin­dus fam­i­lies.

The Act would be ap­pli­ca­ble to all cit­i­zens of Pak­istan, who were Hindu by re­li­gion. The com­mit­tee de­cided to con­sider the Hindu Mar­riage Bill, 2015, which was pre­sented by the govern­ment, in­stead of the one, which was as a pri­vate mem­bers bill in 2014.

The com­mit­tee rec­om­mended that sub-clause (2) of clause 1 of the Hindu Mar­riage Bill, 2015 should be ex­tended to the whole Pak­istan in­stead of Balochis­tan and Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa as the as­sem­blies of the two provinces had al­ready passed res­o­lu­tions in the Bill's favour. It also rec­om­mended fol­low­ing amend­ments in clauses 2 to 25.

"Clause 12 sub-sec­tion (2)© that a spouse may also ap­ply for ter­mi­na­tion of his / her mar­riage on the grounds that the other part­ner has been sen­tenced to im­pris­on­ment for a pe­riod of four years in­stead of three years. "Sec­tion 2 (d) com­pletely deleted. In Sec­tion 9 the com­mit­tee di­rected to delete the line, 'it shall no longer be oblig­a­tory for the pe­ti­tioner to co­habit with the re­spon­dent'.

Sec­tion 16 be amended as: When a Hindu mar­riage has been ter­mi­nated by a de­cree of an­nul­ment and the time of ap­peal has ex­pired or an ap­peal has been pre­ferred but has been dis­missed, it shall be law­ful for ei­ther party to the mar­riage so ter­mi­nated to marry again af­ter ex­piry of six months or in case of preg­nant women, af­ter the de­liv­ery of the child, from the fi­nal de­ci­sion.

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