In order to provide greater legal rights to Hindu families, President Mamnoon Hussain signed the Hindu Marriage Bill 2017 into law on the advice of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday. According to a statement issued by the president’s office, the law aims to protect the marriage, the family, the mother, and child and also to safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of Hindu families. In his message, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that his government has always focused on providing equal rights to minority communities in Pakistan. “They are as patriotic as any other community and, therefore, it is the responsibility of the state to provide equal protection to them,” stated the prime minister.
Under the law, Hindu families will be able to solemnise marriages in accordance with the customary rites, rituals and ceremonies. The government will also appoint marriage registrars in areas where Hindu populations reside for the registration of their marriages. This law also provides for procedures relating to restitution of conjugal rights, judicial separation, void and voidable marriages, termination of Hindu marriages, financial security of wife and children, alternate relief in termination of marriage and termination of marriage by mutual consent.
In this series of photos, Hindu couples partake in a mass wedding ceremony in Karachi. Some 62 Hindu couples participated in the 9th mass-marriage ceremony organised by Pakistan Hindu Council, as part of the Holi celebrations.
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