Sindh became the first Pakistan province to adopt landmark Hindu Marriage Bill, 2015 in order to allow the minority community to register their marriages.
This is for the first such a law is being passed since formation of Pakistan in 1947 to safeguard rights of Hindus, a second largest religious minority community in the country.
Key provisions of Law
- The law fixes the minimum age of marriage at 18.
- It makes mandatory, that a marriage is solemnised after consent of both female and male in the presence of at least two witnesses and registration of the marriage.
- Under this law, every marriage will be registered with the ward/ union council within 45 days of the solemnisation.
- The law will have retrospective effect for the purpose of validation and registration of the marriage prior to its enactment.
- Any person failing to get his marriage registered after solemnisation will be liable to pay a fine of Rs. 1,000 (Pakistani).
Minority Hindus with an estimated population of 3.3 million in Pakistan for long time had demanded a separate personal law to regulate their marriages. Due to absence of a Hindu Marriage law, the minority community (especially women) faced a huge hindrance to obtain national identity cards, marriage certificates and share in property.