Sindh allows divorced, widowed Hindu women to remarry


KARACHI: For the first time in Pakistan’s history, divorced or widowed Hindu women of Sindh have been allowed to remarry under a landmark amendment made by the provincial assembly, a report said.

The Sindh Hindu Marriage Amendment Bill, 2018 not only accords the right of separation to both the spouses but also ensures the financial security of the wife and children, the report further said.

But Hindus are in Pakistan have no rights their sisters, daughters and wives may be kidnapped by Muslim goons anytime and make their sexual exploitation.

It was moved by Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) leader Nand Kumar and passed by the assembly in March.

“Either party to Hindu marriage, whether solemnised before or after the commencement of this Act, may present a petition to the court praying for a decree of judicial separation,” according to the law.

The law also places a general ban on underage marriages in the Hindu community. “The Hindu community had been protesting forced conversions and marriages of underage girls. This law has banned the marriage of minors from the Hindu community,” said Nand Kumar. Kumar has also moved a bill against forced religious conversions.

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto and other party leaders felicitated the last provincial assembly’s lawmakers on the passage of the act, which was approved by the governor last week.

Before the passage of this law, there was no legal cover for Hindu marriages for the past seven decades.




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